Wiesenthal Center Welcomes Decision By Günter Grass To Grant Access to Wartime Documents; Urges Author To Provide Full Details Regarding World War II Service

The Simon Wiesenthal Center today welcomed the decision of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass to grant access to all documents related to his wartime service in the Waffen-SS in response to a request to that effect made last week by the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff.

At the same time, the Center reiterated its original request to Grass that he personally provide complete details on his World War II service in the wake of the growing confusion generated by recent conflicting revelations in the German media.

According to Zuroff:

“While access to German archives will certainly facilitate the research we intend to carry out, historical documents often cannot provide a complete picture of an individual’s World War II service. We therefore urge Mr. Grass to provide as many details as possible on the unit or units he served in, their activities during the war and his own role during this period. Only by doing so will he finally be able to provide the clarity necessary to fully assess his World War II service in the Waffen-SS.”

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