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Exhibition breaks with German Hitler taboos

The Local · 12 Oct 2010, 12:32

Published: 12 Oct 2010 12:32 GMT+02:00

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“Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime,” attempts to address how and why the Nazi dictator held such sway over average Germans, Simone Erpel said.

But the extensive collection of Nazi-era propaganda and artefacts does not glorify Hitler, she said, adding that the objects are addressed with “critical distance.”

“We’re not making Hitler look like a hero,” Erpel said.


Six years ago a similar exhibition concept entitled “Hitler and the National Socialist Regime” was rejected because critics said it seemed to personalised. The new exhibition opening on Friday allows visitors to form their own opinions of the Führer, though, Erpel explained.

“This nimbus hasn’t been touched for decades,” she said.

While addressing the topic of Hitler and the Nazis is no longer taboo in Germany, the visualisation of the man himself remains problematic, making some exhibition pieces impossible.

While a Moscow museum displays one of Hitler’s uniforms, borrowing it for the exhibition was not an option.

“Something worn by Hitler, even if it was just twice, could become a fetish,” Erpel explained.

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Neither would a biographical approach have been appropriate, she said, insisting the focus was on the German people’s historical relationship with the dictator.

“Those who go in expecting a Hitler exhibition will be disappointed,” the curator said.


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13:49 October 12, 2010 by NYsteve
What Hitler and the NDSAP did was horrendous, but it must not be pushed aside and hidden away. Just like here in the US... slavery, the civil rights movement and the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan..(tho I wish we could erase Bush from history)...future generations NEED to learn about history...good or bad. We cannot change the past BUT we can always make a better future!! Hopefully people will keep things in perspective (neo-nazis) and not make the display a "shrine". I myself am fascinated by this time period (1918-1945) and there is much more to this time than just the NDSAP. Comgratulations on teaching history...and not hiding it!
16:14 October 12, 2010 by catjones
Someday Germany will have to face the fact that they've milked the Third Reich for all it's worth.
17:01 October 12, 2010 by ww77ww
"brown tourism" is a very profitable industry...visit Berchtesgaden in summer for proof. Maybe this type is easier as it does not contained that hooked cross which per the thoughtpolice turns people into frothing nazi lunatics. It will be a sign of progress if this exhibit can withstand the reactionary critics.
20:48 October 12, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, humanity must not be afraid to discuss sensitive things, be it war, nationalism, race, culture, religion or Hitler.

There is nothing to gain by being afraid of the past.

Let's talk about, study it and use it to improve life in the future.

I have discovered that if a person has high self-esteem, then it will quite easy for them to accept the truth.

"You are doing well, if you are lerning from what you do."

23:01 October 12, 2010 by wxman
I've always been of the opinion that Germany was wrong to outlaw these Nazi paraphernalia and symbols. Those who gravitate to this sort of thing are all the more attracted to it when it is forbidden, just like children. Tell a child he can't do something, and you have ensured that he will want to do it. Nazi imagery should be allowed anywhere and everywhere. This would then permit those who find it to be an abomination to ridicule it openly and marginalize those that are attracted to it.
23:10 October 12, 2010 by ww77ww
@wxman - I agree with your theory. Making the material taboo only makes it attractive to some punishing for it allows others to pretend as martyrs and victims. Allow it openly, and the foolish will make themselves known for all to see, and I believe they will receive less support than today.
00:16 October 13, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I agree with that. There's the old cliché that there's no greater disinfectant that sunshine. Why empower these fools by driving them underground? Let them demonstrate their stupidity out in the open for all to see, and let them to be subjected to public ridicule and opprobrium. But whatever you do, don't fire them from their jobs because they are hate-mongering Nazis. We wouldn't want to trample on their mythical constitutional rights to work in the private sector. In fact, let them coach our kids' football teams.
08:57 October 13, 2010 by wood artist
The only way to insure that something can't happen again is to truly understand how it happened the first time. An examination of the Third Reich can be done objectively and without a search for guilt. Almost without exception, those truly responsible are gone, and most of those remaining from the era were more witness than participant.

An exhibit such as this is entirely appropriate when presented without advocacy. We cannot (and should not) deny it happened, but we all can learn from it. I would be surprised if it induced a single person to abandon their current views and suddenly advocate a return to those ways. Those who want such things are already demonstrating for them.

The idea that people are free to think and believe differently automatically comes with the proposition that some will believe in ways others find "wrong." It's the price of a free society, and a price that personally I'm willing to pay. The alternative is much more expensive.

09:25 October 13, 2010 by majura
There's a difference between history and racism. This is history, how visitors to the museum choose to view this exhibit is entirely up to them.

Pretty simple folks.

My Opa (in-law) was conscripted into the army and still has his old leather belt from his uniform. That belt tells a very hard story of someone's life. He is not a racist nor was he a Nazi- it was either fight, or be shot for desertion. He was going to be sent to the Eastern front, but he knew a friend in the higher command that changed his orders to send him to the West- everyone knew that at that stage of the war, fighting the Russians would be certain death.

That belt has a one slightly worn notch (when he got it first issues). After just 2 years on the front, he lost so much weight that he 'lost' 4 notches and that's the most worn of them all- it's frighteningly skinny.

After being struck by shrapnel he managed to leave the front and return home (in what is now Poland). Having survived the war, but not wanting to live under Russian rule, he and his wife along with their 2 girls (my mother in law) escaped to the West British sector.

Having almost nothing he scratched the Swatstika (still slightly visible) from the belt buckle and used it, as he had no money or option to use anything else to hold his now-too-large-pants up.

That's history- not a story of racism.
10:51 October 13, 2010 by raandy
The "Hakenkreuz" is and always will be a symbol of Racism...
11:31 October 13, 2010 by Wabit
The "Hakenkreuz" is and always will be a symbol of Racism...

Well Well, what can one say to that???? This symbol has been in use for over 5000 years. It is a synbol of Peace, light and Friendship. The symbol can be seen today all over the world including many Temples and places of learning. I myself wear a small silver Swastika lapel badge. Some people have asked why I wear it? But none have been offended by it in any way at all. We can not and indeed will not allow the memory of Hitler and his henchmen along with the Nazi party to attempt to steal this ancient symbol of Peace and distort the values that it represents for millions of people throughout the world.
17:13 October 13, 2010 by ww77ww
Those who fail to learn history - in its entirety - will repeat it. The future will not be of peace and prosperity.

Even if foolish men with aspirations in irrelevant politics are recreational football coaches.

Meanwhile, the Soviet memorials and streets named after communist martyrs remain.
19:54 October 13, 2010 by Darrell English The WW2 GUY
I wish I'd had a heads up on this exhibit..I have a ton of stuff.

One that stands out is an AntiSemitic book from Hitler's Library with his book plate in it...I'v been collecting this stuff now for over 40 years...
00:36 October 14, 2010 by Prufrock2010
eBay, my man, eBay. There's clearly a market for it, and it's growing every day.
08:17 October 14, 2010 by Suelle

my Opa was sent to the East Front, he survived as POW. I still have the letters he sent to my grandma!

I completely agree with you!
09:16 October 14, 2010 by Frank84
The Gemans just love his Führer. That is typical for Germans. Sarrazin would say, that is because their genes. So why all the concern? (You need more evidences. Look at here: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20101013-30455.html )
10:07 October 14, 2010 by raandy
WELL wabit..all I can say is that was 5000 years ago..today its a symbol of hate and racism ...I doubt any one associates it with peace and friendship anymore, more likely associated with the Holocaust and untermensch.
10:58 October 14, 2010 by storymann
@ Wabit I have traveled all over Asia and Europe and never once have I seen one in a Temple ,not that there is not, but it is not a common artifact in any where I have traveled.

Wearing one on the lapel of your coat is a symbol of you insensitivity to millions of victims and their families. I would not be surprised if you hang the pin between your picture of Hitler on one side and your confederate flag and KKK hood on the other.
18:27 October 14, 2010 by lordkorner
Storyman,wabit is right . The symbol can be seen all over Asia, Japan,China ,Tibet Malaysia India,its on buildings such as Temples,its on Statues of Buddha,it can be found on cloths used to wrap incense sticks,one might even come across it on a wedding invitation, It was a symbol of peace light and friendship and maybe it should be again.so open your eyes storyman next time you travel "all over Asia".
18:34 October 14, 2010 by twobuckchuck
The great danger in a frank examination of Hitler's government are the comparisons that can be made to modern ones. The world can benefit from such an examination to prevent future disaster, but sadly, we wrap ourselves in idle proclamations of how "we will never allow it", while intentionally obscuring the true story of how idealistic and reckless attempts at social engineering, couched in benevolent terms, invariably turn whole segments of the population into enemies of the State.
18:37 October 14, 2010 by Deapster
The question we keep grappling with in the US is how many generations are required to carry the "sins of their fathers". In the US, we are still getting beat up for slavery, even though it ended almost 200 years ago.

How many generations have to carry the sins of Hitler in Germany. My own response is zero. I hold no younger generation in Germany guilty for Hitler. Yet, slavery guilt in the US and maybe even abroad is a full time, relentless exploitation industry.

I am interested in hearing a different perspective on this. Why do Americans keep getting asked to feel guilty and pay endless reparations for slavery when it is generations removed from the original offense yet it only seems practical and realistic to let the far more egregious crimes of the Hitler regime pass in a single generation?
18:52 October 14, 2010 by twobuckchuck
@deapster. The reparations and the guilt are part of a sham to liberate you of your money. They form the pillars of a modus operandi employed by people who don't know how to do anything else to make a living.
18:54 October 14, 2010 by Deapster
The sobering conclusion one cannot escape is Hitler rose to power in German legally with a carefully constructed campaign, much like the one Obama used with his union thugs and special interest money-driven corruption of the election process.

The parallels between Hitler's rise to power and the Obama election process are stunning in detail and similarities, even though there is nothing as physically deadly about Obama's agenda, but his misguided take over policies for America are equally sinister and dangerous.
18:55 October 14, 2010 by tallady
@lordcorner I believe storymann 's point was that wearing it is insensitive to millions of people that were victims of the Nazis,and with that I totally agree!
19:34 October 14, 2010 by michael4096
The thing I still find sad is that the scale of the tradgedy is attributed to the german (culture, race, psyche.. choose your own word)

Actually, the problem was pretty standard populist politics brought about by the geo-political situation and was the same as many other places, times and countries. The scale of the problem was brought about by technology. It wasn't the first time some megalomaniacs wanted to kill everybody they didn't like - it was the first time they were able.

People have been hating others forever. This was the first time they could translate hate into death as an industrial process.

Shame the germans were the first to demonstrate its feasibility

Shame the hate still goes on
21:12 October 14, 2010 by Deapster
If many of those in Nazi concentration camps died from disease, malnutrition and over-crowding conditions according to the present display at Dachau, how efficient was the official Nazi killing machine?

All the deaths were horrible, but how many were actually and intentionally executed versus the huge numbers that died due to the egregious conditions of forced incarcerations? Or does this even matter.

Mainly I am curious when man sets out to kill people as systematically as occurred during the Third Reich - did they do it actively or just let the deaths happen passively. Just guarding against active murder many not put sufficient prevention in place against the ability to passively kill as well.
21:42 October 14, 2010 by matthewsmith
I'm sorry but there's somthing sinister about this exhibition.
23:52 October 14, 2010 by ww77ww
The Amis might still pay for slavery (but virtually none of their other sins) however the reparations are nothing close to what has been given (by force or otherwise) by Germany. No nation in history has paid for past crimes nor confronted their realities like Germany,

Funny that British "michael" tactitly points another finger at Germany while his home nation brutally raped, looted, and murdered for centuries. How many did the limeys kill in India and Africa, not to mention the barbarism in Asia. Atone for your own sins before you complain of others.

@Deapster - do not voice those questions on EU soil, some zealous overpaid public sector prosecutor might wish to have you in jail.
00:28 October 15, 2010 by Prufrock2010
"In the US, we are still getting beat up for slavery, even though it ended almost 200 years ago," quoth Deapster.

Did anyone ever mention the Civil War to you, or tell you when it was fought?
04:24 October 15, 2010 by Deapster
US Civil War to end slavery ended in 1865 - "almost 200 years ago", should have been stated 150 years ago. At rate this discussion is going, it will easily be another 50 years of professional racial battering and professional racial victimization because it is paying off too well for all concerned, including a continued over-abundance of liberal white guilt in the US --- which has to be some sort of national self-hatred, a projection, or as you suggest a surrogate atonement for other sins of US exceptionalism. Or a mask for deep seated racism white liberals refuse to acknowledge even to themselves. Put a good German shrink on this question.

Back to the original question - I as a US resident do not hold Germans born today responsible for what Germans allowed to happen during the Third Reich. I let it go in one generation. How long should the "sins of the fathers" attach to subsequent generations?
14:22 October 15, 2010 by raandy
Deapster,,slavery may have officially ended in 1865,but i would argue that American Blacks are still fighting for equality. Liberal white guilt is not over slavery as much as it is bigotry practiced freely in the US.

I think the Germans are harder on themselves than anyone else is over the Third Reich.
14:38 October 15, 2010 by tallady
@Deapster..Your knowledge of History or facts about anything you state is ridiculous at best..Hitler used many criminal tactics to come to power,Breaking in and burning in the Reichstag and blaming it on the Communist for one.

Obama used similar tactics?? are you for real...Write a letter of concern to Rupert Murdoch and go back to drinking your tea.
18:33 October 15, 2010 by ww77ww
I have never read definite research of who was actually behind the Reichstag fire. The rightists and leftists have their own ideas to this day. Passing one off as conclusive fact is "ridiculous at best",
02:57 October 16, 2010 by Deapster
Faking the Reichstag burning was way down his legal rise to power. It just let him install martial law to the lawful positions he had already won legally.

Obama and his union thugs stuffed ballot boxes, took over Democratic caucuses and out right bought votes at the Democratic convention. You were not in Denver. You did not see his brutal presence on every street creating one of the most intimidating convention atmospheres I have ever witnessed. None dare complain or else get villified as a racist. it was as if the thought Nazi's had come to power. and as ugly as the US history of McCarthyism.

The one good thing that has come from the Obama presidency is now we finally can say he is a worthless jerk and not get called racists. Even the blacks are turning on him now .So he broke the taboo of not being able to criticize a black man in public. For that alone his presidency was worth it. Now we just hope he goes away.

And one other thing of value was the rise of the black conservatives which is way more welcome addition to the US political scene that letting this useless union thug degrade the highest office in our country. Nobama is what it is all about in the US right now.

We are free, dear god free at last from the tyranny of professional race victimization in the US. We do now get to judge a man by what is in his heart and not by the color of his skin. And Obama's heart is clearly the one blackest thing about him.

For a good laugh about this ridiculous creature in our White House be sure to google "Obama and Fainting Ladies" to see what a fraud this jerk was from the very beginning.... for those who were not swept under his phony spell.
05:33 October 16, 2010 by tallady
Stuffing ballot boxes??? thats out there .I think you have Obama confused with Mayor Daily....Why not be honest and sum it all up ,,and admit your Bigotry
06:41 October 16, 2010 by Deapster
Yeehae, tallady, I guess you never heard about the unhealthy alliance of Obama with ACORN: http://www.americandaily.com/article/23191

Plus accepting untraceable campaign donations from pre-paid credit cards that no other candidate accepted. Nope, Obama was the only one to take from this suspicious secondary source that could launder all sorts of illegal money.
08:03 October 16, 2010 by SteveHuang

I am Chinese from Taiwan and have relatives living in Japan. I have been to China and other Southeast Asian countries several times. So, just want to clear up that "Hakenkreuz" is not a common symbol in Asia, as mentioned above. Definitely it cannot be seen "all over Asia". You won't find it in temples or on clothes in China and Japan. And I have Never seen anyone uses this symbol on a wedding invitation here.

I am sure that no Asian people nowadays will still associate this symbol with Buddha or peace. (It was , thousands years ago.)
12:38 October 16, 2010 by tallady
Deapster,,,I read one from the Conservative American where Obama's salary is being paid by China..I guess you missed that one....there are plenty of those absurd statements out there for the "brain dead"
17:29 October 16, 2010 by Deapster
Back to the original question: how long should a nation be responsible for the "sins of their fathers".

I attach no blame for the sins of Nazi Germany to the next generation. Why do Americans today get asked to accept blame for slavery that ended 150 years ago? Best answer is because a noisy few continue to exploit that guilt for their own selfish benefit .

Still missing is why are those noisy few successful in not letting this generations old abuse go? Who in Germany will exploit and profit from generations of Nazi guilt, long after the original offense>
18:02 October 16, 2010 by tallady
Deapster Who in Germany will exploit and profit from generations of Nazi guilt, long after the original offense>

Is this a riddle????
18:13 October 16, 2010 by Deapster
Should the successive generations keep paying for the "sins of their fathers"? How long should Germans born today be accountable for Nazi Germany and how long should Americans be held accountable for slavery which ended 150 years ago in the US. Will German still be required to wear guilt hair shirts for Nazi crimes 150 years from now?

From 1945 until at least 2095 Germans will remain fair game to be beaten up for Nazi Germany with each generation of victim's relatives allowed to demand German pay and pay again well into the 21st century and beyond for what happen in the middle of the 20th century?
18:27 October 16, 2010 by tallady
OK Deapster I will rise to the bait..How did you determine the year 2095? have you used some type of logarithm?
21:12 October 16, 2010 by lordkorner
Well Stevehuang,I have traveled to Asian countries and i have photographs of temples with the swastika in Malaysia china and India, unfortunately theses are not digital or I would up load them, not that I feel I have to prove a point...I agree with you that the symbol is associated with the Nazi era. If you go to Potsdam in the grounds of sansouci palace beside the Chinese tea house there is a very large Chinese tea pot standing a little distant to the house,this tea pot is decorated with the swastika. Also right up until the end of the 70s there was a laundry company in Dublin Ireland that was called the Swastika laundry and its battery powered electric vans had a large Swastika painted on the side,I kid you not.
23:00 October 16, 2010 by Deapster
Here it is tallady and welcome back to the substance rather than the hairpulling part of this question: 150 years of hair-shirt wearing by the US for slavery and 150 years of German guilt for their Nazi crimes.

Ergo, Germans have to feel guilty and the "sins of the fathers" have to attach to each generation for at least 150 years if they follow the same model the US has been asked to accept as evidenced by the Obama thugocracy in the US - screaming racism still, 150 years later.

Should this same principle apply to at least 150 years of German guilt and ability of the world to scream murders to generations of future Germans.

Or does the US finally get off the hook for slavery, and suckering in for the miserably incompetent Obama presidency as their final expiation. Just like I have no animus against young Germans today in just a single generation removal from the Nazi "sins of their fathers".
11:03 October 17, 2010 by tallady
Deapster,,,I am trying...if I follow you,,the 150 years is based on the difference between the year 2095 and 1945,,is this correct? so I subtracted 1945 from 2095 and came up with 150 years. Thank you for clearing this up....its good Prufroc corrected your earlier number of 200 years down to 150 years then you would have ended up with 2145 as your a final year...and thats a bit long dont you think???
11:33 October 17, 2010 by storymann
I think deapster's numbers are based on 150 years,he adds them to the year that we all must put behind us like 1945 add150 years to it and you get 2095 but there is a light at the end of the tunnel because in the year 2015 we will be over slavery in the US. That's not so long.
23:41 October 17, 2010 by Deapster
Actually we will be over the professional slavery guilt industry in 2012 in the US, because then with clear consciences we can say NObama and not be called a racist. We will then be free as a nation to judge a person by their merits and not the color of this skin. NObama - 2012. What a travesty that man has been.
11:40 October 18, 2010 by tallady
deapster we have never been a Nation that did not prejudge a person by the color of their skin. It is Ok not to agree with Obama and not to vote for him.You must have liked George Bush,,now there is a man that did more harm to the USA than any president I can think of.Two needless wars with no military solutions or exit plans.WMD that he new never existed.Lies and more Lies,Fear was his method ,lets raise the alert status to Red, this guy inherited an Admin with a budget surplus and squandered it away on his personnel vendettas (war with Saddam)now that Saddam is gone do you feel safer?No President ever inherited as big a mess as Obama. All this right wing propaganda is all directed at the mindless,and sadly it seems to have a following.
18:22 October 18, 2010 by Deapster
How fruitless it is to prejudge if you don't like X, you must have liked Z. Stop that silliness if you want to engage in valid discussion here because all you are doing is battling with your own echo chamber. Bush was a disaster for the US and Obama is only exacerbating it.

Bush screwed us up around the world taking his eye off our domestic short-comings and Obama is screwing us domestically leaving us wholly uncompetitive in the new global economy. Clinton was the last qualified international and domestic politician the US had, but he fell due to human weaknesses that undermined his effectiveness too. You sure the rest of the world really wants to follow the US into democracy and cultural imitation? Think again.

But back to the Germans and Hilter -- just read about a new book called "The Bloodlands" by Timothy Snider telling at least those of us in the US the history of the Soviet-German pre-history to what we only learned in the US about WWII that all the sudden the terrible, awful Germans started killing Jews as a blood sport for their own amusement. Not a whisper for decades about what the Soviets had been doing and why the Germans saw the bolsheviks as such a threat, who happened coincidentially to be primarily former Russian Jews who had been invading Germany as political refugees.

This has been a totally missing gap in our US understanding of the rise of Hitler and how a nation we share so much national heritage with got labeled as the country of mass genocide and Russia and the soviets got a pass post WWII for their prior blood thirsty campaigns against humanity and then got lost for decades behind the Iron Curtain that silenced anything other than the US military-industrial complex version of US power and hegemony.

I am realizing now how little of the real history of WWII has been revealed in both Germany and the US. We are lucky while there is still a tiny bit of first generation memory a lot of this fullness is finally coming out. The Jewish Holocaust did hijack the history of the Germans and WWII - no excuses for Germany but we all deserve a far wider context for the violence against humanity if we are to ever learn lessons from it.
20:08 October 19, 2010 by RobertUSA
@ Deapster: LOL. The only rational response to a comparison of Obama to Hitler is LOL. Troll.
02:37 October 20, 2010 by Deapster
Back up a bit Robert, I compared Obama's rise to power to be almost a letter perfect copy of Hitler's quite legal rise to power. Amazing parallels almost down to the same phrases and timelines.

Study up bit more on this and get back to me. Any college level course on the Rise of Hitler to power will illuminate these similarities. So be sure to parse out with more precision when you make the statement (LOL) that someone is making a "comparison of Obama to Hitler". Quite scary comparisons exist, indeed.

No one is saying Obama is taking the US to the same place Hitler took Germany, though some of the Afgahni's may disagree now that this is Obama's War.

But the way for a disreputable non-entity like Obama to reach the heights of legitimate power can easily be compared to Hitler. Don't forget after his violent attempts to gain power, Hitler laid low, snuck around the back doors and was installed in his position quite legally and enthusiastically. Yes, the popular ground swell for Hitler was very similar to that for Obama.

Hitler held on to that longer than Obama will and had to resort to extra-legal means to do this and then work out his evil plans, but getting to power is the path to observe and compare more closely. It is only two years into the Obama/unions take-over of the US so the final Obama chapters have not yet been written.

So stick with the rise to power comparisons because both Hitlers and Obama's are well documented. And then stay tuned for the rest of the pages of history turning.
09:48 October 20, 2010 by tallady
deapster are you some type of closet "Fascist" ??.you are always defending Hitler with his "Legal " rise to power,,now almost everyone knows that this is false..Where are you getting this cryptic history?Do you wake up from visions and this has all been revealed to you via God or some other Medium..This is my last response to your warped mentality,,Try to tell a fool something and he calls you foolish....go back to sleep deapster with your Hitler memorabilia and Fascist visions//
16:32 October 23, 2010 by Curmudgeon
"There's the old cliché that there's no greater disinfectant that sunshine."

Curious that some aspects of the era continue to be cloaked in darkness. Most countries in Europe have laws preventing any research or discussion of the alleged extermination of people. Why? Could it be that the real story might come out? Lies such as faking the Reichstag fire continue to circulate in the same way as the lie that Ahmadinejad threatened to wipe Israel off the map. Why wouldn't Germans be prepared to fight when books like "Germany Must Perish" were being published before WW II started?

The continued vilification is important too keep people distracted from the manner in which Germany went from economic basket case to economic powerhouse in a short time. Churchill was preparing to destroy Germany years before the war began. Poland was into ethnic cleansing of Germans and had invaded Czechoslovakia before WW II. The carpet bombing of German civilians started the day after Churchill became Prime Minister. We never hear about the transgressions of others, only the Germans.

I'm all for sunshine as a disinfectant as long as the sun is allowed to shine everywhere.
19:49 October 23, 2010 by tallady
WOW! all this time, I thought deapster was the only one in denial .
23:11 October 23, 2010 by Quatsch
Selective history studies are akin to math studies that don't allow the mention of the number 1. You'll reach the wrong conclusion. Some things simply can't be discussed. Germany and the Soviet invaded Poland in 1939, but the West didn't declare war on the Soviet Union, only Germany. How can Germany selectivly censure its own past? Historical accuracy should never be a crime anywhere.
00:55 October 24, 2010 by Deapster
It must be important to Geman apoloigists to believe Hilter was foisted upon them against their will instead of the facts showing he was eagerly embraced. Yes, there does need to be more sunshining of this history in Germany.

Back in 1975, I recall younger Germans telling me they learned there was a war and that Germans lost and that Americans might not like them, but that was all they knew about this period of time. It has been a curious unfolding of facts and knowledge and a hard past history to embrace.

The US has similar amnesia about the Vietnam War and our invasion of Iraq - the "fog of war" they like to say .But more likely the first casualty of war in the truth -- or as a sager pundit once said, the first casualty of war in imagination and inability to look for peaceful solutions.
01:26 October 24, 2010 by harrylatour
Hitler may not have been 'forced' on the Germans but once he had gathered his ''strongarm'' boys around him and then later the SS it became more and more difficult for the average person to declare against him.I think if anyone bothers to read a bit that intimidation was one of Hitlers mainstays on his route to power.Looking at the World today and you will find that most of the trouble making regimes have taken a leaf out of Hitlers book. Therefore it is the right thing that the Hitler Exhibit should be open to all.
02:46 October 24, 2010 by Deapster
Great Courses has a video/audio non-credit 12 part lecture series on "History of Hitler's Empire" given by Thomas Childers, a Harvard educated professor currently teaching at Univ of Pennsylvania in the US. This is a good place to see what modern scholarship has been revealing about this period of German history.

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The government has come in for criticism after new figures revealed that Germany exported ten times the quantity of small arms ammunition in the first half of 2016 as in the same period last year.

14-year-old stabs 'creepy clown' in prank gone wrong
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A 16-year-old in Berlin decided he wanted to scare some friends, but his plot backfired in a violent way.

Four Ku Klux Klan groups active in Germany, says govt
An American member of the KKK at a gathering in Georgia. Photo: EPA.

The German government estimates that there are four Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups currently active in the country, according to a report by the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) on Tuesday.

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