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The national news presented a poem by Nobel prize winner Günter Grass as its second headline this evening. And the largest newspapers printed it. Politicians are furious and calling it anti-semitic. I'll keep out of the political point of view, but I was simply shocked that a poem made national headlines.

The first stanza is:

Warum schweige ich, verschweige zu lange,
was offensichtlich ist und in Planspielen
geübt wurde, an deren Ende als Überlebende
wir allenfalls Fußnoten sind.

I'll translate this: Why am I silent, keeping quiet too long
that which is obvious and which was practised as planning games,
the end of which we as survivors are mere footnotes.

The poem is a bit long. No matter. I simply never thought a poem would be the center of national conversation and politics!


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Here is the link to the English language article:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/ger ... 20,00.html


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