The Left’s Defense of Nazi Günter Grass

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Günter Grass has been transformed overnight into the poster boy of Neo-Nazis, leftist anti-Semites, and jihadists from all around the world.  This is of course thanks to his “poem,” in which he proclaims Israel a far worse danger to world peace than Iran is.  (Grass’s original poem is in the language of Himmler but an English translation can be read here.)  Grass insists that an Iran openly building nukes and threatening to use them against Israel and the West is far less of a global threat than an Israel that dares to defend its civilians from terrorist attacks.

While the condemnation of Grass from most corners of civilization has been massive and dramatic, Grass is also attracting a considerable following and outpouring of support from the Axis of Evil, the one that allies the radical Left to the genocidal Islamofascists.  Statements endorsing the Teuton and his “poem” have come from the radical Left, all the way from Noam Chomsky to the Israel-hating Israeli professor of German history, Moshe Zimmerman from the Hebrew University.  No relation to the shooter in Florida.

Grass has quite a bit of a track record when it comes to Jew bashing (but is hardly the only anti-Semite literary figure).  Best recognized for his Hitler moustache, Grass had served in the Waffen SS as a Panzer soldier.  He is putting his SS experiences to good use these days in his lobbying for Israel’s destruction.  His poem, expressing clearly his underlying desire to see Israel exterminated, triggered Israel’s Minister of the Interior to declare him persona non grata, in effect banned from Israel.  Even leftist “post-Zionist” Tom Segev, writing in Israel’s radical leftist daily Haaretz, denounced Grass in these words:

Grass’ comparison of Israel and Iran is unfair, because unlike Iran, Israel has never threatened to wipe another country off the map. And contrary to Grass’ sanctimonious verses, under no circumstances would a military action against Iran lead to the extermination of the Iranian people, because as far as we know, it would exclusively target the country’s nuclear facilities.

Few could dispute that the world will be a better place without an Iranian nuclear weapon. And not only in Israel – also the northern German town of Lubeck, the capital of marzipan, where Grass writes, paints and sculpts, will be a better place if Iran doesn’t get the bomb. Grass basks in hypocritical moralism and agonizes over not having condemned Israel’s nuclear capacity earlier. … One gets the impression Grass’ act of “breaking the silence” is more a self-contained personal experience than anything else. Neither can one escape the notion that he seeks to recreate the shock waves of his confession six years ago about his service in the Waffen SS during World War II.

But alongside the condemnations have come large numbers of expressions of support for Herr Grass and his opinions.  Take for example the shrill cheers for Grass from the pro-jihad Neo-Stalinist web magazine “Counterpunch.”   It ran a piece by Tariq Ali, a communist extremist from Lahore who lives in Britain.  A fanatical anti-Semite and hater of America, Ali (no relation to Ali G) defends Grass by attacking Jews for blaming Germans for the Holocaust, and then turns around and trivializes the Holocaust itself in these words: “Behind this thinking is the Zionist and Zionophile argument that the crime against the Jews of Europe was unique in the annals of history. This was true as far as the method of extermination was concerned, but not in any other way. The Belgians massacred the Congolese in greater numbers.”  Ali condemns Germany for sending aid and reparations to Israel, not for its anti-Semitism and history of genocide.  It is interesting to note that while Ali himself trivializes the Holocaust as just one set of killings among so many others, Counterpunch these days is chock full of actual Holocaust Denier columnists, including the deranged “Israel Shamir,” Gilad Atzmon, and others, alongside such anti-Semitic critters as Norman Finkelstein. Stalinist Alexander Cockburn, who runs the site, seems never to have met a Jew he does not think deserves to be murdered.

Meanwhile, Grass became overnight the darling of Neo-Nazis all over the world.  A cabinet minister from Iran just loves the Grass poem.  Deputy Culture Minister Javad Shamaqdari wrote in a sycophantic letter to Grass: “I read your literary work of human and historical responsibility, and it warns beautifully…Telling the truth in this way may awake the silent and dormant conscience of the West. Writers are able single-handedly to prevent human tragedies, in a way that armies cannot.”   Leftists and Neo-Nazis of various stripes took to the streets of Germany in rallies of support for Grass.  The brownshirts were joined by the “World Socialist Web Site” and the pro-terror “Electronic Intifada” and Al Jazeera.  They were also joined by Neo-Nazi “anarchist” Stephen Lendman, who posts daily anti-Semitic spam on the “Indymedia” anarchist sites.

Another supporter of Grass, in fact his sidekick in trying to prevent an Israeli theater company from performing in Britain, has been Emma Thompson, a leftist British actress who claims to be an anarchist.  You may recall her recent bon mot on American television in which she claimed that British residents of the Isle of Man stone homosexuals to death.  She signed a letter that asserted that the Habimah Theater had oppressed Palestinians, perhaps by requiring that they buy tickets to attend its shows.  The letter said, inter alia:  “Habimah has a shameful record of involvement with illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory.”  The Harry Potter witch has a rich track record of bashing Israel.

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    Paleo-Nazi Gunter Grass spouting what he learned when he was 17 in the SS.

    Once a nazi pig, always a nazi pig.

    "progressive" AKA SOCIALISTS supporting a national SOCIALIST is OLD NEWS.

    SHlTler/Stalin non-aggression pact of 1939.

    • esperantominoria

      What Grass had done is stupid,I cant believe it,no intelligence whatever,so sad and sickening.The Left and many others believe so many lies,like:

      "The Myth of Muslim Spain as a Model of Coexistence for Today"

  • UCSPanther

    Frankly, who cares what this washed up nazi has to say.? The Anti-Semitic crowd can bellow and roar all they want and it still won't get them anywhere.

  • Steve B.

    Good summary article of the macrocosm:

  • Dr. John

    One Israeli leftist, the playwright Yehoshua Sobol, wrote a great, powerful blast against Grass:

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Excellent article.
    It is natural for "leftists" in particular those still residing in Israel, to align themselves with the likes of Arafat, who under the direction of Peresites and Rabin was imported with thousands of islamic murderers.
    The same "leftists" would facilitate as well the work of renegade Jews AKA unJews, anti-Semites of all origins but particularly islamic ones and of course Nazi SS soldiers such as Gunther Grass.
    That is the way it is.

  • endyr

    Clarity of thought:

  • Endyr

    And a little more:

  • Jerome

    This Lendman clown you mention writes for Holocaust Denier web sites. Curious how quickly far leftists morph into Neo-Nazis.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Gunter Gras's national socialistic truth.
    Warum schweige ich,versweige zu lange? A nice question:why did Gunter Grass not speak up?
    The German nobel price winner kept his mouth for so long and about what did he not speak up?
    He wrote so many books! he could have said anything and everything in them? Ah herr Gunter
    in your eyes the Jews where always a treath to world peace. Was it not the Fuhrer who told the
    the world that Jews where a danger for world peace. And acording to Herr Grass the Jews are
    responsible for the first -the second and now for the third world war.The truth is that the timing
    of Gunter is an example of German thoroughness just one week after the execution of Jewish
    childeren in Toulouse France. Our Gunter has feelings of pitty for Ahmadinejad-Kahmenei-
    and other innocent leaders of Iran. He has feelings for repressed leaders like Mao – Stalin –
    Castro. But to me it's very strange Gunter's heart does'nt break while watching the world
    journals about bombings in Bagdad – Jemen- Afganistan – Mogadishu – Nigeria. Those things
    are normal to Gunter,but Israel threatens world peace. What Gunter is realy saying is that the
    Jewish state is a threat to humanity. Well that kind of falsifications I have seen and heard over
    70 years ago the same charges as today against the whole Jewish nation. Thank God that
    a land like Israel exists able to defend themselves against demaggues like Mr Gunter Grass.

    • wctaqiyya

      Yup, sure makes ya wonder about Gunter's true feelings don't it? NOT! Great comment by the way.

  • KKKK

    Grass ihas every right to be banend from Israel. he was a Nazi in the day, has not repented in the interm, and is an open critic of Israel and Jews. and fo course he is supported by the leftist-Muslim alliance. they all hated the West and Israel.

  • Stan

    "Writers are able single-handedly to prevent human tragedies, in a way that armies cannot."

    He's right, Iran's army is certainly unable to prevent what's coming to them.

  • Schlomotion

    In this version of the lock step Hasbara Lemming War against Gunter Grass, all of those people who like his poem in defiance of Israeli fiat are now called Leftists, Neo-Nazis, and Antisemites. It appears as if the pro-Israel Lobby has really been checkmated and can be backed into this corner every single time. This IS the post-Zionism. If you call them thought-police, they will become enraged and act like thought police. Alan Dershowitz has tried for the end-run by speaking against the censorship of Grass, but as in the case of Gilad Atzmon, he is verbally against censorship, but in letters and appearances he is for censorship. It is now predictable who, where, when, and how specific pro-Israel types will exactly release their character assassinations, and how effective they will be; literally not effective. People will like what they like, and The Lobby has lost the ability to control public reaction.

    • stern

      Why is it that whenever somebody objects to something that is either anti-Israel or blatantly anti-Semitic, they are guilty of “hasbara” – as if that’s something dirty – and of trying to censor the anti-Semite? (Hasbara is nothing more than the attempt to tell Israel’s side of the story, often in the face of statements that are nothing short of blood libels – like Grass’s; and yet we are told that it’s Hasbara that’s at fault! I for one am getting really sick of this double-standard.)

      This is not the case. We are arguing against the opinions of the anti-Semite. But for some like Schlockmeister, this is not allowed. Why, just yesterday, when I suggested that we ignore Schlockmeister, I was accused of trying to implement BDS.

      For heaven’s sake, say what you want – but grant us the freedom to do the same. Or is it the usual “free speech for me but not for thee” garbage?

      • wctaqiyya

        Most of us just ignore him.

      • Schlomotion

        It's the 21st Century. Some Jews may feel obligated to run or freelance for a propaganda firm that orchestrates publicity stunts and then loudly wails about how they were treated during those publicity stunts. They may feel obligated to all plagiarize the same kind of article amongst themselves or write and rewrite the same canard opinions ad nauseam. They may feel obligated to hire pisseurs to negate every word and phrase ever uttered against their tribally based religious warfare or their walled citadel. They may feel obligated to shout down poets and hurl 19th Century epithets or do 20th Century advertising and nation branding. They are certainly free to do so. But it is still ridiculous and no one should feel bad about "blood" libels and other imagined social crimes dating back to when the pseudo-messiahs were plotting against Persians during the Reformation. In the modern day and age we should take these people for the bone-through-the-nose evangelists that they are and laugh heartily at them.

    • mlcblog

      Shunning works! has anyone else noticed less of Amused?

  • Bert

    The missing element is all this is the lack of Jewish spiritual leadership to fortify the Jewish community to better confront the enemy. The Torah and the prophets long ago wrote that Israel would be the target of evil forces. The best weapon against our enemies is to obey the Law as cited in Deuteronomy Chapter 28. If Jews obey the Law then G-d will fight for them. If not then they will be abandoned to their enemies.
    In addition we can also see evidence of Genesis 12:3 as all of Israel's enemies are encountering increasingly serious problems including falling birth rates.

  • SamG

    GG – from SS-Schutze to SS-Scheisse

  • Ronald Johnston

    You know, we Americans are famous for being willing to die for our country and freedom. Why aren't the Iranians willing to die for their country and freedom? I submit they aren't worth saving!!!!!

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm hoping Gunter Grass doesn't decide to come to this country. He's an embarrassment to every decent German out there. I don't even want him hanging around German-Americans. Mr. Grass is an affront to every decent writer and person on earth.

  • Ghostwriter

    Oh,there's one thing I forgot. It's ironic that many leftists accuse conservatives of being Nazis when they're defending a man who WAS a Nazi.

    • wctaqiyya

      One small point. Gunter admitted (2006) to being a member of the 10th SS Panzer Division for a period of some months in late 1944 – 45 until the unit surrendered to Americans. He claims to have been conscripted. He also reportedly tried to enlist in the submarine service just before his army service began (age 17?) and was a Hitler youth from age 10 till 16. As far as I can tell, he has never admitted nor has it been alleged that he was a NAZI party member. I personally still doubt that he was conscripted, even though the division was mostly conscripted, since his clear intention was to join the fight, but I have seen no evidence of party membership. Maybe you have some? As I said, a small point, but accuracy is more important to us than it is to the left, muslims and other Israel haters.

  • wctaqiyya

    Nice article Steven. I think it's time we dust off Salmun Rushdie and his Satanic Verses. That never fails to get the muslims all hot and bothered. And, can we start dropping pornographic materials over the Gaza strip and Iran already? For goodness sake, it will make for some great video seeing those wacky people go all wild in the streets. Am I the only one with a perverse sense of humor here? Perverse in a healthy way of course.

  • abdulameer

    It is not fair to refer to Grass's language, German, as the language of Himmler. German is also the language of Heinrich Heine, Goette, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, to name just four out of millions. The Germans themselves say that Germany is the land of poets and thinkers, judges and executioners.

    • Moll

      It once was. During WWII Hitler & his SA/SS/SD hate-machine managed to kill them all off — and
      Germany has not recovered! Germans today are good policemen and good technicians. Thinkers & world leaders in today's sciences, the arts, the world of music & art they are not. So much for the vision of myopic, short-sighted, flawed man!

  • abdulameer

    P.S. Good article about the leftists' and jihadists' support for Grass, but Plaut spoiled the article with his anti-German bigotry.

  • Hank Rearden

    israel has not obligation to permit entry to an enemy. That is not censorship, it is self-respect. Grass is famous for his book The Tin Drum. If he writes a sequel, it should be called The Tin Pot.

  • Atlas_Collins

    Oh look! More whining about "anti-semitism."

    I think Frontpage should move it's offices to Israel and get it over with. It's not like anyone on their staff puts America and Americans first.

  • Ghostwriter

    Oh look! Another anti-semite has crawled out from under the woodwork!

    I think Atlas_Collins should move to the Middle East where his Jew hatred might be more accepted. Besides,I think Jewish Americans ARE Americans.

  • ATlas Collins

    I hate dem Joos because I have such a tiny pecker.

  • kenaan

    Do you still think that Germans do like Israel and its aggressive policies in the region?.One day there will be some brave Germans who will act to restore the billions of the so called "compensations" of WWII which helped to construct the scorpions empire of Tel Aviv ,All have got tired with that boring prototype "antisemitism" .Do you want to plaster any mouth which doesn't praise Israel?How couldn't your intelligence discover that Gunter Grass was a neo Nazi?

  • Scheisskopf

    Oh gee them poor poor krauts….

  • Santa

    Rabid little man crawl through his pathetic little life, that's the story of S. Plaut, manifesting it self in form of toxic unbearable stench !