I'm a brit living in Germany and If you ask me allowing the Germans to bury their history was one of the worst mistakes made after the war. I don't want to insult anyone (there are many good Germans don't get me wrong) but the atmosphere changed here dramatically when the media decided that Germans should no longer be ashamed about Hitler and the war, and since then the atmosphere here has just simply deteriorated. I think they should be confronted with their past and learn from it as most of the rest of the world has done. I hope to leave this country soon.
Sorry I don't normaly mix politics with my hobby which normaly helps me to forget the problems of living in this country
I also have to reply here as it is simply not true and I do not know from where you get this picture?
I do not know why you think we are allowed to bury our history?
If you mean the decision that the allied invested and forced the rebuilding of germany out of the thought, that only a "strong" germany could be a good ally for the future (cold war was around), what do you think would happen 50 years ago with a complete unsatisfied, occupied, suppressed state in the middle of europe?
Some example that we do not bury our history:
- we built in 2003 a big field as memory for the murdered jews next to the brandenburger tor in Berlin
- in many cities in germany you have so callen "stumbling blocks", cobblestones of golden color with the names engraved which where on the botton of houses where jews where murdered/deported. I recocnize these stones every day and in my opinion this is one of the best ideas to remember about if you stand in front of a door ... walking streets along where nearly in front of every house are such stones ...
- and we had/have in school a very detailed education about this time: to be honest I never learned about Falkland war, Cuba crisis, vietnam, corea etc... simply because we stuck in the 1940 and I did not manged it to get past 1945 in 13 years of school.
- I don't know if its duty, but all school classes visit a concentration camp site: and you could also imagine what kind of impression this is if you are 12, 13 years old. I see it like it was yesterday (instead of more then 20 years ago)
It was one of the darkest aeras in mankind and I'm ashamed what happened, feel sorry for every affected familiy and wonder how anybody in the world (especially our neighbours) could be friendly to us (they are!) after whats happen.
But it is definitely not true that we bury this history!!!!
I hope to leave this country soon.
Very sad you haven't enough time/horizon/willingness to have an unblended view on the country you live. Hope your wish will fullfilled then soon ...