Suppose we cast off the racist idea of collective national guilt and consider the responsibility of individuals. We find that even a German boy who was 11 in 1945 and dragged into the last-ditch defense of Berlin is now 85 years old. And surely the guilt of such a youngster is not all that great. A young man who fought in the East and possibly massacred Jews there would have been at least 21 in 1945 and if still alive would now be 95 years old. So only a tiny minority of extremely elderly Germans can bear substantial guilt for the Holocaust. A few more years and they too will be dead. Should we continue to malign existing generations of Germans, not to mention those still unborn, simply for being Germans?
And if we switch focus to what has happened since 1945, how many countries have Germans invaded? The only case I can recall is East Germany’s participation in the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. How many countries has the USA invaded? But we don’t hang a guilt trip on ourselves simply for being American, even though many Americans now alive took part in massacres in Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Iraq, etc. How many countries have the Israelis, who are Jews, invaded? But we denounce indiscriminate moral condemnation of ‘the Jews’ as anti-semitism, don’t we?
It saddens me to find a Palestinian, someone for whom I previously had respect, aligning himself with this anti-German bigotry. The Germans oppose Palestinian rights not because they don’t want to acknowledge the full scope of their misdeeds; they have been browbeaten into this stance by the Zionists, whom they hope to placate and thereby relieve the unfair burden of guilt under which they labor — not realizing that whatever they do the Zionists have no intention of ever stopping milking the cow of German guilt. It is true that the Palestinians are to some degree indirect victims of the Germans’ ancestors, but I doubt that many Germans understand that.