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Günter Grass

Writer and playwright Günter Grass

Profession: Writer and playwright


Biography: Günter Grass was a pre-eminent German writer and playwright, excelling also in poetry and the fine arts. Grass sought, throughout his career, to re-examine Germany's troubled past.

The recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature, Grass' most famous work is the 1959 novel "The Tin Drum", which was also made into a film and won the 1979 Palme d'Or. "The Tin Drum" was the 1st book in the Danzig Trilogy and was written in a magic realism style.

In 2006 Grass published the first of 3 autobiographies "Peeling the Onion", creating controversy when he revealed in an interview that he had been a member of the Waffen SS.

Born: October 16, 1927
Birthplace: Danzig, Free City of Danzig

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Libra

Died: April 13, 2015 (aged 87)

Historical Events

  • 1964-09-20 Günter Grass' play "Die Plebejern proben den Aufstand," premieres in Berlin
  • 2006-08-15 Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass' membership of the Waffen-SS in World War II
  • 2012-04-04 German Nobel Laureate, Günter Grass, publishes controversial poem that claims Israel is plotting to wipe out Iran
  • 2012-04-08 German writer Günter Grass labelled 'persona non grata' by Israeli internal affairs minister Eli Yishai, due to his poem "What Must Be Said"