The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
By United Press International

List of Nobel Prize in Literature winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Prize in Literature winners:

Poet not welcome in Israel after criticism

JERUSALEM, April 8 (UPI) -- Israel's interior minister said Sunday German Nobel laureate Gunter Grass is not welcome in Israel after he criticized the country's nuclear program in a poem.

Günter Grass admits past, keeps honor

GDANSK, Poland, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Polish officials have accepted German novelist Günter Grass's explanation for having served in Waffen SS, and will not revoke his Gdansk honorary citizenship.

Walesa or Grass to renounce Gdansk honors

WARSAW, Poland, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Former Polish President Lech Walesa says he will renounce his honorary Gdansk citizenship if German author Gunter Grass, a former Nazi, retains the same honor.

Czech writers defend ex-Nazi's award

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A leading Czech writer says Gunter Grass should not be deprived of awards after the German author admitted being a former Nazi.

Nobel literature laureate an ex-Nazi

BERLIN, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass faces ridicule after admitting he was part of Nazi Germany's notorious Waffen SS during World War II.

Gunter Grass reveals SS service

FRANKFURT, Germany, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Gunter Grass, author of the anti-Nazi classic "The Tin Drum" and a longtime peace activist, has admitted serving in the Waffen SS as a teenager in Germany.

Günter Wilhelm Grass (born 16 October 1927) is a Nobel Prize-winning German author and playwright.

He was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland). Since 1945, he has lived in West Germany (now Germany), but in his fiction he frequently returns to the Danzig of his childhood.

He is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum, a key text in European magic realism. His works frequently have a strong left wing, socialist political dimension, and Grass has been an active supporter of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. In 2006, Grass caused a controversy with his disclosure of Waffen-SS service during the final months of World War II.

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