Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Günter's A** Is Grass

By Hadleyblogger Drew

Just to show you that some things never change, Mitchell called my attention to this item from his vintage TV Guide collection that he thought I might be interested. From the November 11, 1967 issue, it's a program called "The Creative Person," which aired at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, November 17 on channel 2, Minneapolis' local PBS station (or educational TV, as it was called then). The creative person in question is:

Günter Grass, playwright, novelist, poet, sculptor, painter - and political activist. The life of this creative person is profiled as films show him at home in West Germany, at a political rally (urging voters to defeat neo-Nazi candidates) and reading his poetry at an air force base.

As we know by now, Grass' "creativity" extended to covering up details of his own Nazi past. Wouldn't you like to know what he told the people at that political rally? Bet it wasn't, "Do as I say, not as I do."

1 comment:

  1. One thing which should be mentioned is a law (still in place today) in the post-war Bundsrepublik Deutschland bans displays of anything from the National Socialist Workers' Party, or espousing such views.

    The advocating of defeating the neo-Nazi candidates was part of German law banning the endorsement of the values of the NWSP, including the display of an swastika.

    Showing sympathy to the NSWP or its views has been illegal in postwar (West) Germany.

    Of course, Hitler used art as his own propaganda for the NSWP, and athletes were required to wear the symbol and later fight for it.


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