15 August 2006

Günter Grass and the SS

The German poet, the SS, erstwhile silence, late revelations, the usual story when it comes to postwar German writers and their entanglements with politics. He was wrong to join the Waffen-SS, wrong to 'forget' the fact whilst propagating an ethics of remembrance, but if there were a revolution here tomorrow, how would you look upon your current conformism? To survive materially, we collaborate sooner or later with a system we more or less know to be immoral. In the end, moral awareness makes hypocrites of us all.