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Germany official: Israel’s reaction to Grass' criticism 'exaggerated'

German Health Minister criticizes Nobel laureate for his controversial poem, saying it was sad to see that someone experienced post-war Germany 'remains marked by so much prejudice and stubbornness.' By DPATags: Iran ThreatIran Nuclear

A minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's German government has described as "exaggerated" an Israeli visa ban on Nobel Literature laureate Gunter Grass, a report said Monday.

"I cannot imagine that Mr. Grass has any interest in showing up in Israel after the explicit criticism he has faced in Germany," said Daniel Bahr, the health minister, in an interview to appear Tuesday in the daily Die Welt.

The minister, who also criticized Grass, was apparently not speaking for the government. He is a senior member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), a junior partner i

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Added: Apr-15-2012 Occurred On: Apr-15-2012
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