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Declan Lynch: War guilt gives way to immense power

Many of us have failed to notice a discreet but distinct change in the German demeanour, writes Declan Lynch

Published 04/09/2011 | 05:00

At some point in recent history it seems that Germany stopped feeling guilty about destroying the world.

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There was no announcement of this, no official statement that Germany no longer deems it appropriate to have a guilty conscience about the Second World War, and as for the First World War ... we'll just draw a discreet veil.

Indeed, it all seems to have happened so discreetly it has gone almost unnoticed, even by the sort of people who are supposed to be noticing these things -- journalists, historians, the citizens of Poland.

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