FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2011 file picture German author Guenter Grass, listens during a press conference in Berlin. German literature Nobel laureate Grass says Israel's decision to bar him from visiting the country following a critical poem reminds him of similar moves by dictatorial governments in the past. Grass said in a reaction published Wednesday April 11, 2012 by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung that he has previously only been barred from entering a country by then Communist-ruled East Germany and the military junta in Myanmar about 25 years ago. Grass says the tone of Israel's announcement on Sunday reminded him of the reasoning then given by East Germany's spy minister Erich Mielke. In a poem published last week, the 84-year-old Grass criticized what he described as Western hypocrisy over Israel's nuclear program and labeled the country a threat to "already fragile world peace" over its belligerent stance on Iran. (AP Photo/dapd, Clemens Bilan,File)