Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Beating on the Tin Drummer

You can win a war against a movement or a government, but the same people are still there afterwards.

Gunter Grass changed party affiliations from the Nazis to the German Social-Democratic party, and went from being in the Waffen-SS to opposing the end of Communist East Germany.

The Nazis were, after all, the National Socialist German Workers' Party, and it's hardly surprising that a German totalitarian teenager turned into a German totalitarian adult.

I did, however, think the part about Gertrude Stein's having campaigned to get Hitler a Nobel Peace Prize was interesting.

La plus ça change ...


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