Georges is still unable to post to the blog. This is his final draft for a letter to be circulated via your email list to others interested in participating in a recall of Gunter Grass'' Nobel Prize.
Grass was a member of Himmler''s SS during the Holocaust, is today calling on the censure of
for confronting production of a terrorist nuclear weapon by an Iranian regime openly declaring its readiness to self-destruct in service of the return of its messianic Mehdi, the Twelfth Imam. Israel
If the West is blind to the parallels of its 1938 appeasement of Hitler and its ruinous consequence, then certainly the Academy sees clearly that the Grass poem, either hypocritical or blatantly antisemitic does not represent the criteria or standards which the Nobel represents.
I encourage all who agree with Georges and myself that this effort is worthwhile to copy the letter and circulate it throughout your email list.
Open letter to the Secretary
Swedish Royal Academy
("a renewal of German literature", the "renewal" meaning "not an experiment with form" but "a rebirth out of annihilation", "a resurrection" of a ravaged culture "to the joy and benefit of us all").
And not less clearly from Secretary''s address qualifying Grass upon his award in 1999 as "one of the really important writers investigating and explaining the twentieth century to us".
Would you - Mr. Secretary - reiterate this address?
No, you would doubtless shudder with disgust at the idea of having the twentieth century explained by a Himmler''s serviceman.
As you must shudder at the idea of the then Secretary having been conned into rewarding him in 1999 with the highest moral distinction - the Nobel Prize.