Sunday thoughts

bridge-53769Merkel meets Netanyahu in Berlin

Today Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel,  brings our capital Berlin to a halt. He is expected to meet chancellor Angela Merkel tomorrow afternoon to talk with her about the Iran Deal. The chancellors heart beates for the Muslims in the first place and it could be a challenge for Israel to be heard. Two votes in the UN Security Council last week have shown that most of the worlds countries have decided to support the Islam rather than the christians or the jews. Do they realize what relentless and violent world they help to create? I earnestly hope that the meeting tomorrow will go well and our chancellor will have an open mind.

Update Monday: 

How do you congratulate a close friend to his 70. birthday? You go to him with a present, write him a nice letter, at least call him, right? 

But not so Angela Merkel. She didn’t congratulate Israel in an open statement or visit Israel at her 70. anniversary neither did she nor any other german representative show up when the USA moved her ambassy to Israels capital Jerusalem. But see how she handels a 70. anniversary instead (emphasis by me, the translation in the video is not correct at this point):

“I find it very important and symbolic, too, that we – in this year when Israel celebrates her 70. anniversary and WE COULD NOT ONLY CONGRATULATE OURSELVES from the distance and WE NOT ONLY HAD A DEBATE in the German Bundestag, but that the Prime Minister is here with us today, too….”

Congratulate ourselves… how does that work? And yes, we had a debate in the bundestag but how does this benefit Israel? 

Netanyahu and Merkel have different opinions in regard of the Iran deal, Germany condamns the statement of the iranian leaders that Israel be a cancer that should be cut off and Germany wants to continue the cooperation with Israel.

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Shadows Of The Past

“Forget about the past!” “It is not our business what our ancestors did!” Most people seem to follow these suggestions very well. I can’t.

I used to travel a lot. In every foreign country people started talking about Nazi Germany when they learned that I was german. I was in a fishing museum in South England and there I saw pictures of fishermen who were killed by the Germans. The topic pops up unexpectedly in movies and conversations. I feel the anger and the sadness of the people who lost their relatives and friends.

There are many things I don’t understand until now. What motivated human beings to commit crimes on such a large scale, how was it possible in a civilized society? Could it happen again?

As I started reading biographies pain began to fill my heard. History became alive. Little children, old men and women, parents – tortured and murdered officially by the german state by the millions. I watched the Auschwitz processes that took place in Frankfurt 1963 – 1965 and went deep into it. It is hard to describe, but I actually saw through the eyes of the killers because I know the places where they lived, I love the same music they loved and they spoke the language that I speak – and so on.

There is no anwer to the question: How can Germany bear such a guilt? It is impossible. We live, love and laugh today, because an amazing God decided that we should do so.

There was another important thing for me to learn. It was in the year 1999. After a 2 weeks holiday trip in Ireland I gave back my rental car and the man didn’t even check it. I wondered why he trusted me so much. His answer: “The Germans are highly respected in Ireland. I know that everything is all right because you say so.”

Very slowly I realized that Germany is important, strong and a business partner for countries around the world. So: How should I feel as a german? Proud and confident? or humiliated by the crimes of my forefathers? Or everything at the same time?

I like this satirical video because it expresses our experience very well.

The context in which this video was made were the negotiations between Greece and Germany in the aftermath of the greek dept crisis.

What are your feelings and experiences? Please share them with us, we will enjoy it very much. No glorification of the Nazi regime please.