How do the Germans of today view the Holocoast? By sam Greenaway

"Having lived in Germany and Austria for most of the last 28 years, I’ve watched a very gradual shift in the “guilt vs. responsibility” debate that has weighed on these two countries that have done much to atone for the unfathomable crimes of their parents and grandparents"

"Many of their neighbours might still harbour animosity with origins rooted in the war. But Germany has clearly become more and more a normal country in recent decades and less and less burdened by the guilt over its horrific past"(Blogs.reuters.com).

The Germans view of the holocoast has been gradually changing over the years. Their guilt has been going away because only children and grandchildren of the nazis are alive today. The old Germany is gone and it's turning into a modern country. But can they still be held responsible?

This next quote brings light on the subject on what Germany has been doing scince the Holocoast. "Germany has far more memorials and museums for the former concentration camps, as well as Jewish museums, than other European countries. Much Holocaust education is given in schools and other learning institutions. Conferences and workshops are devoted to the subject to an extent that is nearly unique in Europe. Nevertheless, a clear self-perception prevails of the Germans as victims.

Despite supposedly being taboo, this theme has been one of the dominant narratives among German families since 1945.[6] Starting in the mid-1990s, it was embraced in the political and educational domains as well. But as narratives changed under the impact of historical debates and political developments, some of the German attitudes toward the Holocaust, the war, and issues such as flight and expulsion changed as well"(jcpa.com).

Over time different events have corrupted the view so much that most Germans see themselves as victims of what Hitler did. But the Germans don't want it to happen again, because they teach it in schools and have many memorials around their country.

Rebecca kabner a person who grew up in Germany stated "At the same time, I was horrified. I couldn't imagine how people could believe these screwed-up ideas and do such horrible things in the name of these ideas. But it was a horror like I have for the witch trials and stuff like that. I didn't make the connection between the war my grandfather fought and World War II"( Rebecca kabner). This shows that younger Germans look at the holocoast in horror, but they often didnt relise that people in their family where the ones responsible. If they where understand they would know a true horror and not be able to look their family in the eyes.

"A recent survey conducted by the Forsa Institute, a German polling and market research firm, found that the majority perceived the Allies’ victory as a liberation for Germany from the Nazi regime, with only 9 percent of Germans viewing World War II as a defeat — dramatically down from 34% in 2005( times of isrial.com) This is a way for them to takeoff the burden of knowing that their parents and grandparents where all for the nazis and what they did. They used this Like a scapegoat for what they did. And history can be blurred over time.

Next, a quote from The number on my grandfathers arm by David Adler stated "You shouldn't be ashamed to let people see your number. You didn't do anything wrong. It's the nazis who should be ashamed"(Adler The).One thing however has not changed in Europe and that's everyone else's opinion. Expecally the Jewish community. They still see the truth that it was 100 percent the Germans fault. And that the Germans ancestors chose to be nazis. Plus, the Jews have a right to still feel hate for what happened.

In addition, a quote from blogs.rueters.com stated "As a young American exchange student new to West Germany in 1982, I was struck — and disheartened — to see so much lingering hostility towards even young Germans around Europe – 37 years after the war ended. A German train I was riding on early that year was met by Swiss youth giving everyone the Hitler salute as it pulled into Zurich station. It was only the first of countless encounters of guilt I saw being hurled at Germans"(Blogs.reuters.com). This quote also shows how a lot of people still hold the Germans of today acuntable for their ancestors actions and that their opinions probably won't chang for a long time.

Even though most Germans view has changed from guilt to viewing themselves as victims of nazi Germany, the opinion of most of Europe has not changed one bit. Time will however change and twist the opinions even more. Everyone needs to remember the Horrors of the Holocoast so that it will never happen again.

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