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Germans were victims too–a different perspective.

The first of the three historical characters is the man who gave gtass name to the ship. Tulla Pokriefke, a survivor, was eighteen and eight months pregnant when she boarded the ship.

An elderly German woman told me in the early s that she had been spared, seemingly because she was holding a child, while single women were dragged away.

In this book, both the language and the imagery do not present any difficulty for the reader. She remains in the East, om switching allegiances without effort to the Stalinist regime, defending it long after the Wall has crumbled. Every graes that has wielded power to any extent has some questions to answer, so none of this is about German history alone.

Grass himself appears in the book as an old and “tired” writer who encourages the narrator to finally give expression to trass suffering of the east Prussians, instead of leaving it up to the right wing revanchists. Paul Pokriefke, the journalist, doesn’t want to know about the past, and is almost vitriolic about his mother, who is always going on about it. Grass was born in Danzig, a few miles from the port from which the Wilhelm Gustloff began its last voyage.


This is a story of Germany’s struggle to understand its fractious and uncomfortable past. Meanwhile it is too easy not to ask who krebsgsng the conflict from which the civilians were fleeing.

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He may well have known some of the people who disappeared into the Baltic’s deathly cold waters. Chegou a altura certa. The narrator concludes that his mother was wrong to have incited her grandson in the manner that she did and that the son was simply perpetuating a cycle of violence with no end.

Wolfgang, though not Jewishprojects a Jewish persona. Open Preview See a Problem? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. For me, this book is way more than a story about a sinking ship, it is a story about the rehabilitation of the Second World War with the both sides: It seems absurd to classify their deaths as being mere collateral damage.

Born in Schwerin inWilhelm Gustloff moved to Switzerland in because of his weak lungs. The book had a great influence on me because I realized that this part of German history is more difficult and complex than I thought the years before. Gustloff himself appears originally to have identified with the left-wing, populist, part of the Party. The Gustloff was a Nazi civilian transport ship torpedoed by a soviet submarine.

In Icy Baltic Waters

I really learned to look at modern story telling from a bettermore advanced point of view. All three of them are obsessed with the story of the Gustloff. Notify me of new posts via email. He spits three times on the former memorial to Gustloff, thus desecrating it in Konny’s eyes.

David Blackbourn reviews ‘Im Krebsgang’ by Günter Grass · LRB 27 June

Winner of the Nobel Prize I found this was a very quick read. In fact, the text flows relatively krebsvang Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At least one aspect of his motivation for doing so revolves around the disaster’s aftermath in today’s society and emerges very clearly towards the end of the book. The overall loss of life was huge. The “incident” at the center of this book is not gnterr known – I learned about it only recently in the pages of Max Hastings’ excellent Armageddon, The Battle for Germany, While his mother sees her whole existence in terms of that calamitous moment, Paul wishes their life could have been less touched by the past.


His disinclination to take on this project at all speaks volumes about his generation’s reluctance to relive and confront all aspects of the German past.

The next generation is Konrad, the nationalist or Rechtsradikaler and we are asking ourselves from the moment we find out he is behind the website, to what extent his parents and grandmother have contributed to his views and behaviour.

The wartime generation Tulla appears to repent but does it? The outcome is a description of historical characters like Wilhelm Gustloff, the Nazi activist, David Frankfurter, the German Jew who killed him inand Alexandr Marinesko, the iim captain who sank the vessel, interwoven with Paul’s and his family’s life, from then to now. You learn about the biggest maritime disaster, which is the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff.

The novel ends with an unpleasant twist which feels cheap and exploitative.