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“It’s funny, you don’t hear Germans say they wanna fly the swastika…”
because we know how fucked up that part of our history is and even though I am 4th generation, I still grew up with that German guilt.
You know what’s fascinating though? Post war Germany actually mirrors the American South almost exactly in their initial reaction and response to having lost the war and finding themselves on the ‘wrong side of history’, as it were.
Post war Germany tried for a rewriting and rationalisation of the war just like people did in the Antebellum South. In Germany, people tried to effectively reengineer history in a way that would preserve people’s sense of national identity and character, tried to recast the German people as equally victimised by their wartime government. This happened (still happens) in the Antebellum South as well, only people in the South tried (tries) to recast their war as noble, as about freedom and liberty and state rights, and what’s fascinating is that it started practically immediately after the end of the war.
The difference is that Germany has come to terms with its past and now acknowledges and teaches history as it is. Southerners still don’t.
In Oral memory and history, this is something studied extensively, as it exemplifies what people do to try and rationalise their identity and worldview in the face of defeat (both practical and ethical, as it were).