Kim Sung wrote:German attitude on their past
There is no one single "German attitude" towards the past. Social entities such as nations are complex, and your routine use of monolithic descriptions is inappropriate. German attitudes (in the plural) towards the past has been subject to change over the years (i.e., it is not a constant, but is historical) influenced as it was by numerous factors.
Kim Sung wrote:
Germany's response to its war crimes has been largely lauded by the former Allies.
You are quoting a Wikipedia article. Try reading any one of the standard works on the Allied occupation, German re-integration, German re-militarization, and you will clearly see that the Allied governments were no pleased with the overall German response to the war crimes issues. General Clay, US military governor and John McCoy, US High Commissioner were extremely dissatisfied with the majority German attitude towards war crimes and war criminals and the incessant efforts to free them. In particular, you should seek out the accounts of the desperate official and unofficial German efforts to rescue several of Einsatzkommando leaders from the hangman's noose.
Kim Sung wrote:The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany until 1990) offered official apologies for Germany's role in the Holocaust. Additionally, German leaders have continuously expressed repentance, most notably when former Chancellor Willy Brandt fell on his knees in front of a Holocaust memorial in the Warsaw Ghetto, also known as the Warschauer Kniefall in 1970. Germany has also paid extensive reparations, including nearly $70 billion to the state of Israel. It has given $15 billion to Holocaust survivors and will continue to compensate them until 2015. Additionally, the government of Germany coordinated an effort to reach a settlement with German companies that had used slave labor during the war; the companies will pay $1.7 billion to victims. Germany also established a National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Berlin for looted property.
You need to review the historical-political context of the above events instead of blindly posting a Wikipedia article. According to historians like Jeffrey Herf, Bonn paid the Israelis the reparations more for international diplomatic reasons than for humanitarian reasons. Likewise, in the other instances, Germany paid the money to avoid worse consequences. In the late 1990s, I assisted a group of 75 US claimants who successfully filed a multimillion dollar reparations suit against Germany under the US-Germany Holocaust reparations agreement. Germany did not willingly pay the money; it was forced to do so to avoid sanctions against German companies operating in the US.
Kim Sung wrote:On the other hand numerous war criminals were never brought to justice and lived their lives as respected citizens and even state officials, despite numerous pleas for their extradition or trial, stated by countries invaded by Germany. For instance, this was the case of Heinz Reinefarth and Erich von dem Bach, each of them responsible for death of dozens of thousands of civilians in Poland and the Soviet Union.
This is evidence of how Germany actually reacted to German war crimes.
Kim Sung wrote:
Ever since I read a story recently about Germany’s near-obsession with public acknowledgment of the Holocaust, I’ve been thinking about what it takes for a nation to own its sins.
The negative reaction of many in Germany to the Wehrmacht war crimes exhibit and the Historikerstreit
demonstrates that large sections of the German public has not fully accepted significant aspects of the Holocaust, and the role that many ordinary Germans played in it.
Kim Sung wrote:I know there are also some minor unsolved issues in the German attitude on their war crimes. But the 'mainstream' German society is fully remorseful on their past. Economic and political Integration process of post-war Europe would have been inconceivable if the Germans had maintained a remorseless attitude on their past. In this point, the allies' denazification policy was successful although it was not 100% perfect. They didn't make such an effort on Japan as they made on Germany.
Again, you should read the relevant histories of the Allied occupations and West German re-integration and not depend on Wikipedia articles to realize how false your simplistic assertions are.