Bernhard Schlink: Being German is a huge burden (My Thoughts)

Bernhard Schlink: Being German is a huge burden (My Thoughts)

Bernhard Schlink is the author of The Reader (Der Vorleser). This is related to my last German paper (equivalent to a 'thesis' that I never had to write) on German 'guilt' that seems to still go on, 67 years after the war. I'm aware that there are some [younger] Germans (citizens and those with the heritage) who've never felt any 'guilt' over the dark past (WWII, Holocaust) nor have they been called 'Nazis' as a joke. Despite the fact that my German relations were not involved with the Nazis (to the best of my knowlege), I've somehow carried this guilt in me, since I was 9 (or around the time I learned about WWII), for a number of reasons: 1) I'm very proud of Germany and anything to do with it; 2) my grandparent grew up in Nazi Germany; 3) I love history and war films constantly remind me of the past; 4) because of my close connection with the elderly, I feel remorse for anyone non-German who grew up during WWII.
Because of this 'guilt', I've always felt that I owe it to everyone to make sure that such a horrendous crime would never happen again and will do everything I can to help the victims of racism. In some ways, I'm trying to give Germany a new slate. One cannot erase the past, but one can start anew.

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