Dealing with the Holocaust legacy

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Dealing with the Holocaust legacy

Post by idan » 10 Jan 2011 18:55

How does Germany deal and dealt in the past with the Holocaust legacy as a society?
what are the means they use? is it more - avoiding the subject and keeping the dirty laundry inside or rather talking about it in public and opening the subject for a wide discussion?

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Re: Dealing with the Holocaust legacy

Post by Adam Carr » 10 Jan 2011 22:01

Idan, I suggest you should visit Germany and see for yourself. There are Holocaust memorials everywhere, including an enormous one in the centre of Berlin, and all German schoolkids are taken to see them and given stern lectures about German history and the dangers of racism etc. The sites of former synagogues and other Jewish institutions are carefully marked (unlike in Poland). I would say that Germany has done a better job of commemorating and memorialising its terrible history than any country in the world.

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Re: Dealing with the Holocaust legacy

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Re: Dealing with the Holocaust legacy

Post by JamesL » 14 Jan 2011 04:20

I agree with Adam. I've now been to Germany 3 times. There are monuments and plaques everywhere.

The schoolkids get a heavy dose of Holocaust education. One might say it is pounded into them. They visit some of the camps like Dachau and Buchenwald and Bergen Belsen. The former SS barracks at Buchenwald periodically house students for a 'Holocaust study' weekend.

Some of the city museums have exhibits. Occasionally something makes the newspapers or the TV. Some railroad stations have monuments to those who left that station for a trip to the death camps. The Jewish Temple in Munich has a museum.

All that said, the Holocaust is not something that comes up in daily conversation.

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