German Jews Agree with Travel Ban on Author Grass

Leading German Jewish intellectuals expressed support on Tuesday for Interior Minister Eli Yishai’s decision to ban Günter Grass from visiting Israel because of the writer’s anti-Semitic poem.

The Munich-based Jewish historian Michael Wolffsohn told the daily Tagesspiegel that the ban was “absolutely legitimate.” Wolffsohn, a contemporary history professor at the Bundeswehr University in Munich and Israeli native, said it is important to show the world that criticism is permitted ”but not from former SS people.”

It is unacceptable that an author who was silent about his history for over 60 years and has not really processed it “is now elevated to a moral authority in general and over the descendants of the victims of the Nazis in particular,” he said


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