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    • El Tonno
    • 12.06.10 | 15:34 (IDT)

    Realize that "German Persecution of Jews" has entered the realm of mythology. Not in the sense of "it didn't happen" but in the sense of "some tremendous special event in your tribe's past that gives you moral absolution to act". Mythology doesn't inform people's acts. It is used to justify behaviour. Mythologies of all kind have been used over the ages to justify anything - being descendants of some biblical figure, holding the one true religion, eliminating the oppression of the proletariat, having been stabbed in the back during a war, having been defeated on the 'home front', being the most benevolent superpower bringing freedom to all. Once the Holocaust is seen as just another monstrosity among monstrosities that has no longer anything to do with the people of Israel, or of Germany for that matter, then people can grow up.

    from the article: Israel’s Greatest Loss: Its Moral Imagination
    First published 14:02 11.06.10 | Last updated 14:02 11.06.10
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