Sunday 17 December 2017

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

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

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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