Germany and the past
What s going on with Germany, what did the germans learn from the past, how are german social structures today. It seems that the war and what happened in it, is overpassed, if people look at Germany today, they see a land that is socially and economically stabilized. When german people are visiting foreign country they are known for being tolerant and respectful, history is almost something for history books and they have learned something through out this past. It is a modern country, where human rights are respected with citizens on a high intellectual level and always reminding, that the democracy is a high gain that has always to be defended, no matter what happens. Germans are proud of the development in their country and a demagogic system would rise anywhere, but not in Germany, that is what german people pretend, but is it the truth.
The answer is no. In fact what german people have learned from history, is that there are structures, that can be helpful for a mass and very harmful for a few, the structures of the national socialist society are deeply in german social behavior and mind and if they are confronted to that fact, they deny it with the worst kind of methods you will find. Being stranger in Germany, means learning a behavior that fits to the acting of the majority, if you do not fit in the stereotypes that are expected, you will have a place, that could be similar to a jewish person during the third Reich, polarized as this could seem. That is exactly where these structures had been learned and they still persist till today. The war has eaten not only german culture, but also european culture in itself, the high level of intellectual state of mind germans pretend to have, is nothing more than a pretention and the majority in germany have not more culture or intellect, as the population of the united states or any other country in and outside of Europe. In fact german people like to make jokes about how uncivilized, people in The US are, fact is that they have taken over large parts of what is called the amircan way of life, if you will sit in a subway train in a german city, most people if they read a book will not read Thomas Mann or any other high rated german author but cheap love or fun novels or american science-fiction books translated in german or newspapers.
There is nearly no country in the world, where the mass of the people is so influenceable by mass medias, and having own opinions or state of mind is something very bad seen in general. So also these things haven t changed and it is also something that people in Germany will deny very hardly, with a reaction trying putting up intolerance and smallness of mind to the person who will have the critical argument. It will not only stop at this point. The reaction goes to social exclusion and bad talking behind the back.
One of the thing young germans like to do and not only young people, is the so called "Lestern" which means talking in a bad way about the behavior and acting of people in a group, while the person is not present. It is a social phenomena and if a person pretend having done it and that it was fun, nobody will come to the idea, that this could be a disgraceful person. It can go against known people, but also completely strangers who are disgraced, through the talking of somebody involved in the group. If they are confronted to that and if the talking goes up, that this can only be that massive in a country where Nazi regime took place, the stereotype argument will be, that this is something that happens and could happen in every country of the world, an argument that was raised all trough the decades after the war. Fact is, that even if there had been fascist systems in other countries, the only one where Nationalsocialism took place, was Germany and the world has seen nothing of the same range till that date on. Germans say that they have worked on the past, but when it goes up to preoccupy about these crimes, about what have happened between 33 and 45, in realistic and honest way, most Germans have a protectionmecanism and refuse to have a constructive way of handling that past. At least most german people absolutely refuse to see what happened in their own families and just take over the so called "Entnazifizierungsurkunde" (what was a certificate from the allies after the war, that told, that a person had not been a Nazi during the war and before and was free from warcrimes or leading function during this time, even high graduated SS Oficers or other NS fuctionairs were getting this papers without having to deal with any conequences for their handling) and things that they were told about their ancestors from their ancestors, who pretended never having been in the NS sytem or never having took part of war crimes. Also that persists, and the myth of the neutral german citizen during the time between 33 and 39, that was forced to be part of the system, persists till today. Even there are people going farer pretending there anscestors were fighting the Nazi regime that forced them to act as they would never had done without this, looking in the historybooks will exceptionally tell the truth about this myth, resistant movement didn t take place in Germany, without a few exceptions it is not interesting, why it didn t take place, fact is, that it did not, even in march 45 german population was fighting as hard as they could to resist on the east front but also on the western front and it is also a myth that fightings on the east front were harder than on the western front. Fact is also, that nobody was forced under the NS Regime to have functions or to enter the party, it was something completely up to the decision of everybody and even often people tried to rise in the system being a good nationasocialist, because they had advantages from it, also that is fact. Also fact is, that after people in allot of high functions had escaped the Nazi system by leaving the country,other people took these functions and their goods, people that never would have had a chance, to get these functions, if the NS regime wouldn t have come. These were people, that were not punished for the crimes they often had done to get these functions and they still remained in these functions after the war. Only a very few were punished for their crimes, and a very few minority of them was condemned to death or to life long jail arrest. Most of them were getting 2-7 years. For example the Lageradjudant of Auschwitz from spring 1944 to early 1945, the time where most of the people were killed during the time of Ausschwitz, Karl Höcker, wich was the second man after the Lagerkomandant, was interned for 7 years after which he lead a normal life as an employe of Bank pretending of never having known what was going on in Birkenau.
That is less than somebody who will rob a Bank without killing anybody.
In all these structures, the fact that till today anybody who is confronted with that in Germany, will refuse to have conversation about that without using stereotypes or cynical phrases, a hypocritical way of working over the past, by putting monuments of the remindness everywhere and using sentences as "it should never happen again", pretending ancestors didn t had to do something with it, in all the behavior that still remains on people who don t fit to the own state of mind, in the anger people react while not even being attacked personally, when being confronted to things that do not fit to their mind, the mind of all that remains. The truth is that it is not happening again, but that it still happens. Because it have never stopped. The scars in Germany are deep and till these people will not honestly start to confess themselves about what their grandparents have done and that their way of behavior is nothing but a copy what happened between 1933 and 1939 these scars will remain opened.
I have no other place to tell it, so that is why i post it here. I don t care about any comments of german people who have no historical concience and knowledge and or who feel disgraced by something i am not inventing....
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