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August 23, 2006 | Monika Scislowska, Associated Press
German novelist Gunter Grass said in a letter to the mayor of his hometown of Gdansk that only in his old age has he found the "right formula" to talk about having served in the Waffen SS during World War II. Mayor Pawel Adamowicz had the letter read out loud Tuesday by actor Jan Kiszkis at a news conference in Gdansk. Earlier this month, Grass, 78, made the surprising confession that he served in the Waffen SS, the combat arm of the Nazis' fanatical organization.
August 19, 2006 | From Times wire services
Polish Solidarity hero Lech Walesa urged German author Gunter Grass on Friday to prove that a confession about his membership in Hitler's SS was not just a marketing ploy to promote his new novel. The former Polish president also said he would give up his honorary citizenship of Poland's city of Gdansk if Grass, also a holder of the same title, failed to explain why he decided to confess when his autobiography, "Skinning the Onion," came out.
October 24, 1994 | STEVE HOCHMAN
You can tell a lot about a band from its encores, and it was rarely so true as at the Palace on Saturday. Headlining MC 900 Ft. Jesus and his seven-piece band ended the evening with two impressive, complex jazz numbers, Thelonious Monk's "Well You Needn't" and Miles Davis' "Freedom Jazz Dance." Second-billed trio Consolidated ended its set by handing the microphone over to audience members who spouted off about vegetarianism and intolerance.
September 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Joachim Fest, a journalist and historian who wrote one of the best-regarded biographies of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, has died. He was 79. Fest, who worked closely with Hitler's architect Albert Speer on his memoirs, died Monday at his home in Kronberg of unspecified causes, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Tuesday. Fest worked at the newspaper for two decades before leaving in 1993.
June 27, 1997 | From Associated Press
Civil rights activists called for a federal investigation Thursday after police seized copies of the Oscar-winning movie "Tin Drum" from six video stores--and at least one home--because a judge had declared the film obscene. "This kind of insensitive disregard of our fundamental rights of expression and free speech is outrageous," said Joann Bell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma.
December 30, 1987
New efforts to restore and preserve Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades are most welcome. This residence, more than any other structure, was at the center of the extraordinary cultural life of German intellectuals living in exile during the horror of the Nazi years.
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