The German „injustice” - reinterpretation of the causes and effects of WWII
Posted in the Poland Forum
#1 Mar 18, 2013
The debate on the establishing the Centre Against Expulsions has significantly changed the German’s view of the history, and has sheded new light on the German’s perception of their place in the international community and has determined the new horizons for the Berlin’s policy.
Not only in the German journalism, but also in the government’s policy the issue of the German „injustice” is returning. In connection with establishing the “visible sign” commemorating the “expulsion” of Germans, the XX century has been officially recognized as the century of Expulsions. Not the century of totalitarianism, of genocide, criminal wars unleashed by Germans, but the century of Expulsions. This historical lie becomes the historical doctrine of the German state, the doctrine of the educational, cultural and foreign policy. The German media write at length about the German “injustice”, which affected the “expellees”. The public opinion is dazzled with programs showing the escape of Germans form the East together with terrifying scenes of “depriving of homeland”. The programmes show the shinking of the ships with escapees, the Allies air raids of the cities and the drama of the civilian population dying under the ruins of the cities.
Germans has discovered that they were the “victims” of the WWII, the “victims” of defeats, executions, rapes, expulsions, depriving of homeland. The head of the “expellees”, who had to leave together with her parents her home in Rumia near Gdynia, becomes a symbol of the suffering. Germans are discovering - as we can read in a book published on the occasion of the Berlin-Boston exhibition "Escape, expulsion and integration" - that they were the victims of a kind of collective responsibility.
Today we can say, that sense of „injustice” in the contemporary German awareness, more and more is hiding the issues of responsibility for the crime of starting the War and the genocide against the conquered nations. The holocaust is not questioned but the memory of the martyrdom of other nations is systematically blotted out in the German memory. In Germany, there are no monuments commemorating the genocide against Poles, Russians, Gypsies, Byelorussian or other nations. As we can find out from the contemporary Germans’ accounts, their grandfathers during the WWII served only in the military bands, field kitchens, at most in anti-aircraft defense, defending against destruction the German national heritage.
As a result of the German historical policy only Jews have been commemorated, while Germans more and more appears the biggest victims of the WWII after Jews. Together with the relativization of responsibility for the effects of the WWII, in the German’s perception of the history, the responsibility for the causes of WWII are relativized. In the mentioned book "Escape, expulsion and integration" you can read that after The Treaty of Versailles, Poland was granted the territories “unambiguous ly inhabited in majority by Germans”. What’s more, the responsibility for provoking mutual conflict is spread out symmetrically. The authors says:“The Berlin and Warsaw policy,(both Berlin and Warsaw didn’t want to settle for status quo), led to the continuation or increasing of the animosities”. There is a question: Which territories and Polish activities are described in the book? We have here historical lies aimed at relativizing the responsibility for unleashing the WWII. Such statements not only haven’t been contested but by the decision of establishing the Berlin exhibition as a base of “visible sign” slowly are becoming the official interpretation of the history.
#2 Mar 18, 2013
Such interpretation of the causes, character, responsibility and effects of the WWII is not an ordinary sentimentality of senile SS men, remembering with nostalgia the conquests of the German army. This is an attempt to tell the World, that Germans not only can’t bear responsibility for the war crimes, but they are the only nation which hasn’t received compensations for injustice which has affected them.
This reinterpretation of the history is an attempt of declining responsibility from the German nation, for all what happened during the WWII. This is a rehabilitation of political and military aspirations of Nazism. Because from the statement, that the token of “injustice”, was granting Poland the part of territories of former Prussian partition after the WWI, is close to justifying the revanchist policy. The authors of the book "Escape, expulsion and integration" writes that “Because of the order to use peaceful solutions which are in effect in the international law, nor return, neither compensation we can’t extort by force [after all it would be better and faster - comment]. There is an obligation to talk to each other and to conduct peaceful negotiations, it’s about long-term rapprochement policy between the old enemies. Also the Eastern treaties from the 1970s and The Polish–German Treaties of Good Neighbourship from 1990-1991 serve the peace.
Today the ideology from the book, together with establishing the “visible sign”, becomes the ideology of the German state. Until now we had to face with a kind of camouflage of the objectives of Berlin policy towards Poland. But keeping the constitutional regulations about the borders from 1937, as regards granting the German citizenship, sanctioning the Germen war plunder of our national cultural achievements, especially of our pieces of art and archive materials which are in the German museums and archives, these all show that the policy has been carried out also under a veneer of “reconciliation”.
The German policy in the EU led, as the Lisbon Treaty shows, to the dominant position of Berlin in Europe, while the historical policy leads to the moral rehabilitation and is an ideological base for the hegemonic policy carrying out another world power’s aspirations.
The European nations already experienced the effects of the German “injustice”. First time the “injustice” appeared at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, when after unification of Germany the state felt aggrieved by the imperial powers’ policy, which divided among themselves colonies without the participation of Berlin. The answer to the “discrimination” were armaments. Germany experienced humiliation and “injustice” for the second time when Poland regained independence in 1918, regaining a part of the Prussian partition. The “injustice” was so huge that the feeling infected in Locarno the Western powers. The sense of “injustice” forced Hitler and earlier the democratic Weimar Republic to carry out revanchist policy
Today the contemporary Germany is discovering the unhealed and more and more painful “injustice”. This is a reminder to Poland, whose president effusively thanks the German chancellor for the treaty, in which Germany got hegemonic position and the significance of Poland was reduced, and the Tusk’s government in friendly manner distances yourself from the “visible sign” counting on charity for unspecified Polish initiatives.
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#3 Mar 18, 2013
I assume, it was all written in Polakia.
#4 Mar 18, 2013
Martixko have you been selling yourself to that kraut Chris. He put his wienerwurst to your ear, didn't he.
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