There are a lot of useful lessons that can be learned from Germany about healing and reconciliation after terrible national trauma.
It has been fascinating and deeply moving to visit the sites where terrible atrocities occurred under the Nazis and in the aftermath of WWII, to see them remembered, explained and memorialized.
Many memorials are only in German, because they are not designed for tourists, but for Germans to acknowledge understand. With the help of my local guide who translated, I watched as a mother explained to her young son what Berlin’s book burning memorial was all about.
German students learn about the atrocities of WWII, not to feel ashamed and guilty, but to understand and ensure they are never repeated.
I have been watching with interest as Fremantle debates how it should celebrate Australia Day, and I am deeply disappointed I am not there to participate. Read more »