- Jun 2006
Interesting response, and to be honest, I thought much along the same lines when I found this. However, most of Europe is in the E. U. now and the war has been over for 50 years or so. Over this time there have been many “apologies” made for one reason or another, so isn’t it time to move on?
I would tend to agree - but on the other hand, some events are so engraved on the "history" or "identity" of a nation, and despite the fact that these events were over 50 years ago, they still occurred within the "current" generation of many people. Thus, these memories may still be very fresh and very relevant, regardless of them occurring half a lifetime ago.
I had a brother in law that was German and as a young boy was a pawn in the political game. He along with his family was in some type of work camp because they did not join the regime. They did not ask for this dictatorship to rule them and eventually cause there deaths. But this is what happens in war.Interesting response, and to be honest, I thought much along the same lines when I found this. However, most of Europe is in the E. U. now and the war has been over for 50 years or so. Over this time there have been many “apologies” made for one reason or another, so isn’t it time to move on?
In a democracy, the minority subordinates its will to that of the majority. Therefore everyone in a democracy bears responsibility for the actions of the governments they elect to a greater or lesser extent. It can be argued that in the Germany of the 30’s and 40’s, the minority imposed a dictatorship on the majority, which was then brutalised into acquiescence with the regime. Should they then be forced to bear the responsibility for the actions of the minority?
What about ethnic Germans, living in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, etc. who had nothing at all to do with this dictatorship but became pawns in a political game, should they be dispossessed without any recompense?
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