Second-generation Germans know what it is like to be on the wrong side of History

I know what it’s like to be on the wrong side of history, an experience that my Trump-supporting conspiracy-theorizing friends may eventually understand.

I’m a “second generation” German. And no one likes the Germans.

So, just to point out the obvious, no one “both sides” the Holocaust. Nobody believes that there were “good people” among the extermination camp guards, just as there were obviously many good people among the Holocaust victims.

One of the things you have to try to understand as a “second generation” German is how your people, the people you love and grew up with, could be involved with something as incomprehensible as the Holocaust. The second generation has done a lot of soul searching, trying to understand what happened and how to make sure it never happens again. It’s also made us, I dare say, suspicious of authority and especially sensitive to propaganda.

Anti-German prejudice is still alive today, 76 years after the end of World War II. It’s demonstrated in things like the British public booing the German National Anthem during the UEFA European Championship at Wembley, when the English and Germans played a soccer match.

Now, believing Trump’s Big Lie and supporting the insurrectionists is obviously not like supporting the Holocaust. But it’s still on the wrong side of history. And at some point many of the people who support Trump and his Big Lie will be hugely embarrassed by the degree to which they’ve been had by the Great Conman, but more importantly, their friends and loved ones may be hugely embarrassed by the degree to which they ended up on the wrong side of history.

About a1skeptic

A disturbed citizen and skeptic. I should stop reading the newspaper. Or watching TV. I should turn off NPR and disconnect from the Internet. We’d all be better off.
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