Monday, July 05, 2010

Don't mention the war

If you follow this blog you know that I am very much in favor of remembrance and not exactly a forgive-and-forget kind of guy. But I find it really hard to believe, understand or sympathize with some of the remarks in this article. Especially the following phrase puzzles and angers me: "We did not go through what we went through for this, to have people in this country supporting the Germans like nothing happened." Does this man really believe that there is a direct link between the current German soccer squad and what the Germans and many, many other Europeans did to us 65-77 years ago? That these sportsmen are in any way to blame or responsible for the Holocaust? He clearly believes that there must have been a purpose to the suffering of the Jews in those terrible years, suggesting that there was a reason why Jews "went through what they went through". Any puspose but 'this': to have Jews, Israelis, supporting German soccer players, whose parents were probably not born yet when Nazi Germany was defeated. and many of whom were not even born in Germany. Personally I don't believe that the Shoah had any conceivable purpose (for the Jews, that is), or that lessons can or should be learnt from the Holocaust. That is, apart from some very basic conclusions ( like: man's abilities and willingness to do evil (or, in less cases, good ) are virtually unlimited; thou shalt not over-generalize or over-simplify, or blame someone for something that he/she did not do ). By the way, if the crimes and guilt of previous generations is a reason not to support this or that sports(wo)man or team, I don't see any reason why Israelis/Jews should support the Spanish team, as Mr Wolf proposes.

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