Guilt is only limited over-inheritable.We are now two generations further and young Germans are just as far away from the war as young Dutchmen. Happy though.
My surprise is the fact that we remember the war endlessly.The pain is kept intact. I would stop there.
To be clear: I am 62 years old and well after the war.It was not my war, and I have nothing to commemorate. I do think that there should be ample attention for the II in history lessons. We must remember the lessons learned.
The Germans have paid off their ‘ debt ‘-as perhaps the most powerful state of Western Europe they have taken on their responsibility, e.g. through EU activities.
Luckily, I do not taste feelings of guilt with German-generation companions and younger.We must move forward, not backwards.
Germans do not actually have a guilt feeling.They have a particular sense of responsibility.
The most beautiful example was, of course, Angela Merkels ‘ Wir schaffen das. ‘ This kind of irrational decision always means that Germany wants to show that it is now on the right side.So no people with a different background exterminate, but they absorb. They are like death that when they are preparing hard, the world says: look there you have them again.
It is also very difficult for them to appoint Islam in their country as a problem, because the parallels with the way the Jews were put away as a problem group are too great.The phenomenon Gutmensch is not visible from the always slumbering guilt over the Nazi past.
This has to do with the Christian tradition of ‘ guilt ‘.All of Europe-say the whole west-has become infected. If we do something wrong then we feel guilty and there is the spasmodic tendency to restore that doom. The invention of guilt was at the time a powerful means of the church to keep believers under the Canute.
It was collectively indoctrinated by means of ecclesiastical rituals (e.g.The Debt confession). Although we live in a post-Christian Europe, the ‘ Debt indoctrination ‘ is part of the DNA of the mainstream European and thus also ethnic German. (In that country, 20% of the population is already of foreign origin and they have no burden.)
The Germans feel guilty of the Holocaust, as the Belgians feel guilty of the genocide in Rwanda-we had a. Our paras shouldn’t pull back.The West is guilty of the colonial past, to slavery, to the expulsion of indigenous populations, to global warming, and to I know a lot more.
Because one feels guilty, this feeling is bought by generous donations and excuses.Non-Christlike cultures know that and beyond that of course.
Muslims e.g. Do not know the notion of guilt.There is more talk of ‘ honour ‘. Muslims are going for example. Don’t feel guilty about a theme like slavery. Millions of Africans and Europeans were captured and often murdered by Arab slave hunters. You don’t hear about that.
I think it is a mixture of guilt (VNL on the Holocaust), Sense of responsibility (NIE wieder Krieg!) and shame (how could the land of Schiller, Goethe and Bach admit to such craziness?).The Germans have known enough guilt at the moment (Vgl Japan, which no earlier than 2003 admitted that they might have done wrong things in the camps in their occupied territories) and now want to continue after a whole bunch of soul-searching on a Responsible way and cancers such as National Socialism never give a chance in their territory.As every country should do-unfortunately, that (and ironically, VNL in the countries that have defeated Germany at the same) is not yet the case.
This feeling of guilt is much more about the second World War and especially the Shoah, which was only relatively recently known in full size.For example, it appears from the fact that Germany always has a residual birth rate compared to, for example, the Netherlands. There is still great shame about the Shoah which was revealed to the German public on a large scale only in the years 1982 -1993. So relatively shortly ago. That blow has affected people in the age from 40 years (in 2019) directly and young people a little less directly.
People of My Generation (1959) have seen mostly many television films in their childhood, such as Die Weisse Rose; Those Rote Kapelle; Blumen f眉r den Statsanwalt; Operation Walk眉re; The feature film that Blechtrommel.These films were nicely finished with the Hitlers Regime, but gave almost nothing to the Shoah. That was just too bad. Sophies Choice (1982, Alan Pakula), but especially Shoah (1985, Claude Lantzmann) for the intellectuals and Schindler’s List (1993, Steven Spielberg) for the general public was the great confrontation of the German people with the Shoah. About thirty years ago only!
Something that I once said to a young German.Germans are like dogs. A feeling of shame continues to persist. Japanese are like cats their shame is very limited. The Germans still think of what they have done to others e.g. the Holocaust. The Japanese to what others have done to them. Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The Uitmoor thing of Jews was so incredibly sad.But the Germans of now are different. They learned their lesson. Sure, there are still idiots, not fun, but not too dangerous. We are no longer living in the 30s and forty