German Wehrmacht crimes in Poland Apr 7, 2011 0:42:31 GMT 1
Post by pjotr on Apr 7, 2011 0:42:31 GMT 1
I watch German television a lot, saw a lot of German movies and talked to many young Germans. They are aware of their Nazi past, and do not hide it like the Ausrtrians or the Japanese, who have a differant way of dealing with the past.
But stil like in the past and like in Russia a lot of Germans didn't coap with the past and have an uneasy, ambivalent and troublesome relation with their past and their ancesters who were responsable for the Holocaust. I witnessed that in a Dutch bus with German students who went to Auschwitz with their fellow Dutch and Polish students from the same art academy in Arnhem, where they were studying in 2004. They had difficulty in the horror of the moment and witnessing such large scale industrial destruction of human lives, to accept that they were connected to that fact, via the history of their country, and the collaboration of their family, neighbours, or just people from their village or town. It was as if they placed the brutality of the Holocaust out of their personal perimeter (human space). There were strange discussions in that bus and the atmosphere towards Auschwitz and after that back to Krakow was heavy and dense.
These young Germans were trying to find a ballance. We were kicked out of Silesia and the Sudeten. The Russian treated us bad at the end of the war, and the Poles and the Czechs. I distantiated myself from the German girls when I went into Auschwitz, because my memories and emotions from the Dutch and especially Polish side were differant than my fellow German travelers. These young people weren't Nazis, they were tolerant, cosmopolitan, creative, artistic and liberal youngsters. They had had education in which the Holocaust was not neglected. The Holocaust is a black mark on the German society and the hearts and souls of Young Germans. Due to their grandfathers and great-grandfathers they were labeled, they are connected to a terrible truth they have great difficulty to understand, accept and realise. I didn't like the discussions in the bus and did not understand the difficulties of these young Germans. I as a Dutchman can say, I am ashamed of the Dutch role in the Slave trade, the Dutch element in the South-African Apartheid ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verwoerd ), our colonial role in Indonesia, Suriname and the Dutch Antilles. I can be ashamed about the Dutch collaboration with the German Nazi's in the carrying out of the Holocaust.
There was something very German in these Young Germans back then. There was something deep genetical, ethnic-cultural, national loyalty and chauvinistic in these people. They could not betray Germany, accept criticism, or even accept the responsability of the German people for the Holocaust and the Second World War. The German people voted the Nazi party to power in 1933, they joyned the ranks of the Nazi organisations, they marched into Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the SovjetUnion and etc. They deliberately killed and tortured millions of non-Germans. I think that there are two roads in Germany which goes to far; first the rejection of guilt and second the guilt which torments people and creates selfhatred, rejection of the German identity and an identity complex.
This video clip is an extreme example of the latter:
A radical anti-Nationalist and anti-fascist message of Anarchistic German musicians ( www.atari-teenage-riot.com/ )