During my schooltime I never would have believed that I ever would take a look into the dark chapter of the late German history – the second world war. Because in my time there was no other topic in history lessons and at every school exchange it was said that we did these to make amends for that war. Then I thought to myself, why I as a daughter of a child born after the war was troubled with this and why history was not left alone.
Since then the world has changed, I have changed. And so I visited the the Lascaris War Rooms in Malta last week where 1942 the Britains decided the fight for Malta. Though we talked so much about this war at school I never knew that Malta was part of it. Then yesterday I went to the cinema with my friends to see the documetary film „Tell it noone“ which was made after the book of the same titly by Rand and Lillian Crott. Both tell the lovestory of a yound norwegian woman and a German soldier, who was half jewish, during the war. A very touching story of a strong young woman who followed her heart though the whole world seemed to be against her. It is also a story of people being threatend, haunted and tormented because being some part jewish.
A dark chapter in German history which became visible to the world 80 years ago with the night of the „Reichsprogrom“, when Jews were arrested. A way that had started 15 years earlier with the putsch of Hitler and Ludendorf which though failure started the way for the NSDAP. A way that even today 73 years after the war ended still throws shadows on Germany. A way which effects do not only pain me but also my children who are the third generation born after the war. Seeing film documents of that time they are cryinge and asking me: Why did they do that? Why did they throw bombs on innocent people and old cultural monuments? Bombs that even today are still lyning in the earth and take enormous sums each year to be disarmed. Why did they burn half of Norway? Why had so many people to die in prisoner-of-war and concentration camps? Why were women because of their love discriminated? – Legitimate questions. Questions that I cannot answer. Questions that our grandchildren or greatgrandchildren hopefully will not have to ask about our time.
But on November 9th there was not only written dark history but also good one. 100 years before today German democracy begun with the end of monarchy, and 29 years ago the German-German wall fell. More on that in the Süddeutschen Nachrichten. I hope that the future will bear more of these good days to compensate for the infamous ones.