One of the strangest things about the aftermath of the Holocaust, which is not remarked upon, is that so little blame attached itself to the nations that had practised the most horrific, systematic and sustained evil humanity has arguably ever witnessed.
Within a decade of the liberation of Auschwitz Germans were being treated as respected members of the European world. They were being allowed to rebuild and repair the ravages they themselves were ultimately responsible for, buoyed by huge amounts of American money – money that was not forthcoming to Britain, an ally.
Whilst the UK struggled with the burden of debt entailed for defying vast evil, Germany was quickly allowed to reclaim a prominent political and economic position. They were even acting as early architects of what would become the EU.
It is extraordinary the way that the Woke or even the mainstream liberal will automatically accept that the 400 years in which Britain was a colonial power was exclusively evil, and attach blame to us today for that, whilst having not the slightest sense that the Germans or the Japanese bear an ineradicable national shame for their actions during WWII.
In four centuries of being one of the world’s leading powers, of engaging in competition and conflict across the globe, there are in fact only a handful of truly exceptional instances of shameful conduct, with nothing so recently barbaric and so utterly brutal as the behaviour of the Germans and the Japanese. Why then has so little blame attached itself to these nations?
In Europe part of it must derive not from the nature of the aggressors, but that of the primary victims. Not only were the Allied powers magnanimous in victory, but so too were the Jewish people. Many of the Irish, for example, still retain an anti-English prejudice based on crimes centuries old, a natural disaster, or political differences that were far more complex than they today acknowledge. Contrast this with the apparently complete absence of any anti-German feeling from Jews, who universally recognise that active Nazis bore the chief responsibility, and that even the deepest sins are not inherited by innocent generations removed from the event.
The resilience and survival of the Jewish people is often commented on, quite rightly, but this exceptional wisdom, this lack of a general bitterness, is not. For surely if the actions of Germany represent one of the greatest evils we have ever witnessed, the forgiving of Germany by Jews must also represent one of the greatest collective acts of good.
How extraordinary to have been treated with such inhumanity, and yet to retain your humanity yourselves, to set about building, growing, and prospering again, without hatred or prejudice.