We have wilful amnesia about the reprehensible events of our recent history, says Guardian editor Gary Younge
Immediately after the second world war, German people were required to watch programmes about the frights of the internment camp before they could get their ration cards. But the facts of the case that they proceeded, Tony Judt points out in his volume Postwar, didn’t mean they actually watched.” In the half-light of the projector, I could see that most people turned their faces apart after the start of the movie, and stood that channel until the movie was over ,” author the German author Stephan Hermlin many years later.” Today I think that turned-away face was indeed the attitude of countless millions .”
As a German government official, cross-examine the 20% rise in antisemitic hate crimes in his country, cautions Jews not to accept they can wear the kippah” everywhere, all the time, in Germany”, and an Italian far-right party tops the poll for the European parliament, we would do well to reflect on the corrosive affect of such determined “forgetting”. These recollections need to be recovered not only to honour those who have vanished or suffered exclusively to find their experiences discounted and disposed: it is crucial for the moral capability and government sparkle of the perpetrators very. It is simply not possible to deliberately “forget” the horrendous stuffs you have done and then expect to proceed as though they did not happen, and nobody acknowledged, only because you have chosen not to remember.
Unchecked and uncorrected, for the sake of convenience and comity, these heavily redacted narratives of how we got here and who “we ii” return as mottoes on baseball caps and signs. If you have no idea what “greatness” conveys or how it was acquired, then of course you had wished to” Make America Great Again” or” Put the Great back into Great Britain “.
As such, the” duel against antipathy, sexism, xenophobia and the manufacture of distrust and disunity”, which Gordon Brown described yesterday on these sheets, is not a” new clash for Britain “. It’s actually the same clash that has been fought over decades. It is important to understand that beings of all races have withstood racism in its own country. It’s no less important to understand that they have not been simply combating bad beings but a bad organization, that they have not ever acquired- and that this system still exists.