I am very pleased that you have commented, Mira. It is interesting that there have been 1030 hits so far but yours in the first comment. If you wish to comment further, I will welcome your further thoughts.
Because of my surname it is clear that several generations ago ancestors of mine came from German lands. They came to Australia in the 1860s before there was a Germany and as "Scleswig-Holsteiners" not regarding themselves as Germans at all. Over the years I have recovered all that lost strand of our history and have found the locations of our ancestral origin, and therefore the records, and then subsequently many of those who also descend from that family. Finding close cousins can be fun, but finding 8th and 9th cousins is incredible for that means that there are some 18 or 20 steps from one to the other. One of these very distant cousins is a doctor in the region near Bergen and he very much wanted to take us here. He still asks himself how the people allowed this to happen. He once asked his aunt who lived close to here during the 1930s and 1940s what did she see. And all she could reply was that she had seen were some prisoners being walked from the station to the camp out in the forest. And that was all. He is still confounded. So for us two to go there together was very significant, for we had common DNA, common identity, common humanity and common questions, but yet had been polarised for a period of tragic history, before I was born.
It certainly was a quiet and deeply reflective visit to a tragic site, yet markers like this one were testament to heroism and righteousness.
Ian, the terrible side of the German face.
Have a nice Sunday Germany,
Thank you Ge Ko for sharing in this. It really is the terrible side of the human face! Nationalism would not have held such sway had there been intentional acts of political or national forgiveness by the League of Nations on behalf of the Allies in 1919. Though the Marshall Plan cost Germany 50 years of division, at least there was an effort to rebuild and forgive after 1945, and as a result, I believe a common partnership across Europe has been possible. I realize there is still a terrible legacy even today, yet hope must inspire us all.
i dont like this foto. if i could i would delete the second world war.
I understand just what you mean, and I agree, eltorky.
Thank you for your sharing. GGR.
Important memorial & place in history..
Indeed, GasGas. The emotion of our visit was very deep and the questions it raises are very important ones.
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Photo taken in Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Anne-Frank-Platz, 29303 Lohheide, Germany
Misplaced? Suggest new location