For Heaven's sake, he was 17 years old in 1945 and had spent his childhood under Nazi propaganda which targeted especially the youth. Blame those who had been adults, not the children. And living in Commie E.Germany, he certainly had to hide his affiliation at age 17 with the Waffen SS. However, his life as a mature adult showed the opposite of Nazi-leanings. The poem has some truth but should not have soft-pedaled the danger posed by Iran
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from the article: Germany official: Israel’s reaction to Grass' criticism 'exaggerated'