Can’t Navigate Present or Future By Running Away from the Past

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 9:57 AM
May 10, 2013

Die-Flakhelfer-German-book    The U. S. and its allies so feared Communism at the end of World War II that they somewhat helped Germany and Japan to paste over their Axis history, and to work toward a better and more prosperous future.

While Japan’s recently-elected conservative government openly flirts with re-establishing its image as emperor over Asia, most people in what was once West Germany have yet to fully comprehend the history of Hitler’s Nazism.

Further, they do not understand how Nazism so easily blossomed under the surface of what seemed to be a pleasant and well-ordered society––exactly as most of Germany currently seems to be.  (Many in East Germany understand though).

In addition to the opening trial of accused neo-Nazi murderer Beate Zschaepe, several other current events converge as attempts to open German eyes in this new century:  1) A Berlin exhibition on the Third Reich; 2) A Wagner Opera, so true to Nazi atrocities that it sickens its audience;  3) An overnight best-selling novel that places Hitler in today’s modern life; and 4) A well-researched book documenting the huge numbers of reconditioned ‘ex-Nazis’ who served in post WW2 governments and every facet of German life.

In ‘Germans Fascinated by Nazi Era Eight Decades Later,’ Gareth Jones of Reuters writes:  “ An exhibition chronicling the Nazi party’s rise to power draws tens of thousands of visitors. . . . TV viewers. . . watch a drama about the Third Reich.  A satirical novel in which Hitler pops up in modern Berlin becomes an overnight bestseller. . . . German interest in the darkest chapter of their history seems stronger than it has ever been . . .”

Jones also covers Timur Vermes’ explosive novel which becomes a metaphor for Germany’s fear––a resurrected Hitler:  “With his novel “Er ist wieder da” (He is Back), Vermes taps into the perennial fascination with . . . Hitler. It has sold more than 400,000 copies, is being translated. . . and . . . made into a movie.”

What was to have been a true re-enactment of Richard Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’ opera so upset and sickened audiences ShowImage-1-operathat it was canceled.  Today’s Germans could not stomach gas chamber deaths, and mass rapes and murders.

In ‘New Book Reveals Postwar Germany’s Nazi Party Ties Cover-Up,’ Liesl Schillinger of Daily Beast reviews Malte Herwig’s new book, ‘Die Flakhelfer,’ which is not yet translated into English.  She writes:

“ . . . he reveals that, for half a century, the German leadership sought to suppress the names of prominent citizens who were Nazi Party members in the Second World War while pretending to seek them, and while simultaneously pursuing the soul-searching process of coming to terms with Germany’s grievous Second World War history. . . Herwig finds this behavior troubling.”

Because most contemporary Germans never lived their nation’s horror, they have difficulty repenting for it.  But without facing propensities to repeat its historical consciousness, no peaceful future is possible.  As Bible historical books insists:  only when we confess our sins, is “God faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1: 9).”

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