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.

Review: Mikhailovsky’s Swan Lake

Mikhailovsky's Swan Lake

On Friday night, I skipped ballet class to see Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Swan Lake at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and I am in love with the performance! Check out the link for photos, as well as a video, of the sets & costumes!

Odette/Odile: Oksana Bondareva
Prince Siegfried: Victor Lebedev 

It was such a pity, however, that there were not enough attendees. I am quite certain it is because the majority of Vancouverites are unaware that one can purchase 1/2 price tickets on the day of the performance. Mine was around $35-45 and I got to sit in the middle of the balcony. :) It was certainly a delightful treat to see one of my favourite ballets for the 2nd time (my 1st time was 10 years ago, when the St Petersburg or National Ballet of Russia performed in Taipei).