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GERMANY: Hitler, the Holocaust, Antisemitism

Replying to WAISers who wonder why the Nazi holocaust was singled out for condemnation, Edith Coliver replies;

"Perhaps there is more emphasis on the holocaust because so many of us here in the U.S. are survivors, having been either directly affected or lost close family members. I lost two uncles and two aunts. And there is no way that anyone can deny the holocaust.There was an excellent article on the Irving/Lipstadt trial in a recent Atlantic monthly.

As for the question of German guilt, Richard Wagner's great grandson gave a lecture here a couple of years ago. He left Germany and set up a foundation in Italy because he was ashamed of his ancestor. He said something that touched me deeply: "you cannot inherit guilt, but you can inherit shame..."

My comment: The relatives of the victims of other holocausts must feel the same way, but generations pass. I am sure some of my ancestors suffered injustices, but I feel no rancor, and they probably committed crimes, but I feel no shame. That is in essence the attitude of young Germans. Time heals all wounds.

Ronald Hilton - 7/12/00