Topics

The Holocaust (1934-1945)
Gunter Grass dies at 87; Nobel-winning German novelist
Gunter Grass dies at 87; Nobel-winning German novelist

Günter Grass, a Nobel Prize-winning novelist who was an eloquent voice of moral outrage in postwar Germany but who stunned the nation with his 2006 admission that he had been a member of Hitler's Waffen SS, died Monday. He was 87. His death at a hospital in Lubeck, Germany, was announced by Steidl, his publisher. No cause was disclosed. Grass, a pipe-smoking man with a walrus mustache, was known as a literary innovator who salted war-torn landscapes with sometimes surreal characters. In "The Tin Drum," Grass' first novel and one of his best known, his main character was Oskar Matzerath, a monstrous dwarf who, having willed himself to stay 3 years old forever,...

Loading