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    • ERSB
    • 22.11.10 | 11:17 (IST)

    The question is simplistic and the additudes of Israelis and Jews to Germany can't be measured with a simple any "yes" or "no". On the one hand there can be no real forgiveness for the crimes of Nazi Germany and its allies as the only ones with the right to forgive, i.e. the people who were wronged, were mostly killed or if they survived have probably died of old age. On the other hand, post war West Germany (and post unification Germany as a whole) has made real and honest efforts to confront its past, compensate its victims, eradicatte anti-semitism and support Israel, both morally and with material. has truly changed. My sense is that most Israelis recognize Germany's true attempts to deal with its past and appreciate it. In fact, because of its efforts to confront its anti-semetic past, Israelis often have a more positive view of Germany than other European countries that are far more ambiguous in how they relate to their facist or anti-semetic past (Lithuania, Romania and Croatia come to mind). So do I blame modern Germans - NO. But I can't help but have a ingrained negative response to hearing German and when I meet Germans I often wonder what they or their grandparents did during the war.

    from the article: Poll: Israeli Jews still don't forgive Germany for the Holocaust
    First published 06:05 22.11.10 | Last updated 06:05 22.11.10
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