Trivialities and profound truths. This spit and spat match with Gunter Grass can be seen as using Israel and Jews as a pretext for his own bashing of a new Germany, one remarkably different than his own version, which has been washed away into the dregs of history, something to be grateful for that the contradictions between the violent and the peaceful, conflicting parts of the same identity have been dealt with; the clash of opposites, the indifference and disavowal intrinsic to a Gunter Grass with little in common with a newer Germany seemingly less bound up in structure and the heady ironies of authoritarianism that are so embedded in older generations constantly on the defensive with a formal absurdity overriding a dark psychic recess of emotional absurdity. The haunting nightmare winding its way through barbaric violence and suffocating depression.
Grass is an old ghost, a kind of ether form the past trying to squeeze and wheeze out one final boo. Germany is not the same nation it was 70 years ago, and one gets the impression Grass is alienated by this new world oblivious and liberated from the duality of a barabaric tech giant and a backward little gaggle with old fashioned homes and primitive instincts; opposite sides of the same narrative, with each being the inner truth of its opposite. I think the old guard like Grass can see that young Jews now, and young Germans are quite different than his hey-day. He is not unperceptive to this; he just does not like what he sees since its a split off part of himself that he cannot structure into familiarity.
Grass is kind of caught between the modernizing Germany and the traditional undeveloped Germany. And to him, this modern society and Israel is one despite the catastrophe of Zionism, or in spite of it, he sees it as more monstrous and more ridiculous than the old Israel ever thought of being; an old Zionist ideal that was mirrored the same rationale of leftist progress articulated by Grass. What Grass perceives is tragic morbidity; his own romanticizing of violence even as he polemicizes against it. It all looks out of place to a new generation; Jewish human destruction transforming itself to a more emotionally healthy and balanced view; without the characteristics familiar to Grass who dwells in the old suffering, the physical ruin of Germany, reflections of the old pathologies still emotionally kicking the old dog in the rump.
( see link at end) …Gunter Grass has criticized Israel’s decision to ban him from entering the country, comparing it to actions taken by the former communist East Germany and Myanmar.
“I have been prohibited entry to acountry three times,” Gunter wrote, referring to similar cases that have occurred with the ex-German Democratic Republic (GDR) and a 1986 attempt to travel to Myanmar, a pre-released copy of Thursday’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.
In his statement entitled “Then as today- my response to latest decisions,” which was published in the same newspaper that debuted his controversial poem, Gunter writes, “In both cases the usual practice in dictatorships was carried out.”
Referring to Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai’s decision banning Grass from entering Israel over his recent poem which accused Israel of being the largest threat to peace in the Middle East Grass stated, “Now it is the interior minister of a democracy, of the state of Israel, who is punishing me with a refusal of entry and whose grounds for the imposed compulsory measure – according to the tone – recalls the verdict of Minister Mielke.”…
Grass was referring to Erich Mielke who was head of the Stasi secret police in East Germany, which he also noted, no longer exists.
“But as a nuclear power of unchecked extent, the Israeli government sees itself as high-handed and until now is not open to exhortation,” he said.
Grass had prided himself on being the ‘moral compass’ of the German people, pressing them to deal with the crimes of their past. In 2006, however, he admitted that he had been a member of Hitler’s notorious Waffen SS, a late revelation that undermined his authority and reliability. Read More:http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/154722#.T4cPSayF9cc
I don’t think Grass is much of a spokesman for what appears to be a more forward looking generation, and in effect he is a dinosaur like Zionism, playing the game by the old emotional rules by trotting out depression and annihilation anxiety as scripted into the plot. On cue. Both are grasping at mirages that are political religions promising the same illusions. Slowly, and inexorably, mourning and melancholy, the reliable twins of suffering and shame are becoming baseless credentials for pronouncements of this type from Grass and the backward looking mental state that seems to paralyze itself in Zionism; the old dogmas are ready to meet their maker. Not sure I can be complicit in agreeing with this video, but posted anyway: