Atlantic wall

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Atlantic wall

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So wrote Paul Virilio in the summer of 1958, declaring his new bunker-hunting hobby and pondering the cultural invisibility of the ruins of the abandoned giant concrete coastal fortifications of the Nazi Atlantikwall.
During his bunker studies of the Atlantikwall in the late 1950s, Virilio found that the interest he was showing in abandoned Nazi bunkers met with hostility from the local residents who considered his attempts to study them to be premature and felt that the structures were "not yet archaeological" (1994, page 13), for these structures were still too closely associated with their direct experience.
Grass's transformation of his life story, including, and perhaps now even emphasizing, his short period in the SS, into an exemplary demonstration of how dogmatic certainties are to be rejected in favour of a democratic scepticism, is thus implictly contrasted with the young man he once knew, 'dessen Glaube aber so fest verankert wie einst der Atlantikwall gewesen ware'.