Germans today see Nazi defeat as liberation

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 8, 2015 3:34 p.m.

    Having lived in Germany and spending many days during 5 1/2 years in Japan in the 1970s and 80s, there was and still is a U.S. military presence that is good for those people to see we are there to help protect them from their experiences in the 1930s and 1940s. We haven't been kindly to the various indigenous people and people that were slaves on our land of freedom. However, we are part way there after many years. I remember in the 1970s living in Louisiana and Mississippi and having friends who were not allowed to eat in the restaurants on the Gulf Coast. It was offensive and repulsive to know they were still not accepted. I remember seeing the group of people in white robes and hats handing out reading materials and hosting parades that the people in government still allowed and permitted.

    Hopefully, those abuses will go away but it seems as if those types of things move from one group of people to another who take over the spot.

  • forward thinker Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2015 7:45 a.m.

    I wonder if the American's who think we invaded Iraq will ever see us as liberators?

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    May 7, 2015 11:09 a.m.

    Thanks for printing this article. It is interesting how time can change perceptions, and after much studying, I would also certainly view the downfall of the Nazi regime as liberating for the German people themselves, and not only for their political and military opponents. I lived among the wonderful German people for 2 years, embraced their culture, spoke with them, and came to love them. They are a great people. It is marvelous that two nations, formerly bitter enemies, can now be great allies.

    It is also important for us to remember that when Hitler was rising to power and throughout world war II, Germany was one of the most advanced nations in almost every sense of the word - intellectually, in religious matters, academically, in music, literature, philosophy, and the arts - and yet a whole host of terrible persecutions, abuses, and tragedies happened right under the citizens noses - and unfortunately were generally assented to by the masses. If a highly enlightened people can be so blinded by a few zealous leaders, we should always be on guard that the same thing could potentially happen to our "enlightened" society in America.