Gunter Grass says he met the Pope as POW in 1945

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Two German teenagers meet each other at a POW camp among tens of thousands of fellow soldiers rounded up by the Allies at the end of the Second World War. One ends up being Germany's most celebrated postwar writer and 1999 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, and the other becomes Pope.

Here is the translation of a most interesting story from AGI, an Italian news agency...

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Alonzo Hamby - 8/18/2006

Well, it MIGHT have happened, but why do I want more corroboration?

And can some good military historian help me out on what seems an important point? Were people ever drafted into the Waffen SS, even in the final months of WW II?