Nobel prize winner Günter Grass wrote this poem about Israel, nuclear war and Iran. Günter Grass, warns in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung of a war against Iran. In his poem titled What must be said the Nobel literature requests that Germany refuse to sell submarines to Israel. To Israel’s shame, they interpreted this poem as hate literature and barred Grass from entering Israel.
|What Needs to Be Said, a poem by Günter Grass|
|What Needs To Be Said||Was gesagt werden muss|
Why have I kept silent, held back so long,
It’s the alleged right to a first strike
Yet why do I hesitate to name
This general silence on the facts,
But now that my own country,
But why have I kept silent till now?
Why only now, grown old,
And granted: I’ve broken my silence
No other course offers help
Warum schweige ich, verschweige zu lange,
Es ist das behauptete Recht auf den Erstschlag,
Doch warum untersage ich mir,
Das allgemeine Verschweigen dieses Tatbestandes,
Jetzt aber, weil aus meinem Land,
Warum aber schwieg ich bislang?
Warum sage ich jetzt erst,
Und zugegeben: ich schweige nicht mehr,
Nur so ist allen, den Israelis und Palästinensern,
I polished the Google German to English to German translation with my one year of high school German. When I was a teen I greatly admired Ralph Mannheim’s translation of Grass’s The Tin Drum. Unfortunately this translation is nowhere near his quality. In fact I suspect it ranks up there with Monty Python’s Bulgarian phrasebook. I came across a translation that bore no relation the the German, then the Breon translation, which I have posted now.
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