Originally Posted by pbradley
I stopped reading here because
"The Germans want the whole world to forever remember and brag about one of the worst nightmares in human history.."
Not a radical fringe of Germans, not some portion of Germans, "THE Germans."
sorry, my implication was "The Germans (who harbor nazi sympathy and neo-nazi sentiments)"
is the clarification better?
Originally Posted by Glice
You've said it yourself. They are appalling. That's the point.
I get that.. but my point is that perhaps they are bit too appalling, and lack class, sensitivity, taste or dignity which are ESSENTIAL characteristics of ANY memorial?
The last class I took at university was a Genocide and Holocaust class, and we discussed this several times. My Jewish studies professor who has taken dozens of trips to these things explained all the angles you guys are presenting to me, but just still don't buy into it. At the end of the class, even he conceded that a) many people are not going there as reverently as others (ie, some are just macabre tourists) and b) true, they can serve as potent symbols for neo-nazis.