Europe descends deeper into the abyss. While the Holocaust was a German initiative, it was carried out by every nation in Europe, save for the Danes. There were Dutch Nazis, Polish Nazis; Europe as a continent decided it was a good idea to get rid of the Jews. Holland had the highest rate of collaboration with the Nazis, higher than any other country in Western Europe. 95% of Dutch Jews were murdered.
Caroline Glick said in a conversation with me a couple of years ago that the lesson the Europeans took away from the aftermath of WW2 is insidious. "The lesson that Europe had decided to avail itself to in the aftermath of Auschwitz, was not that evil is bad and that they behaved like monsters but rather that everything was caused by nationalism and therefore what we really need to do is have a European Union that will obviate our need for nationalism so that we can become this transnational gobbletygook and we'll all get together and therefore we won't have another Auschwitz.
"But really the lesson should have been is that we were evil and we have to be good. And that is the lesson we have to learn and and we have to be able and willing to make moral distinctions and stand up for the good and fight evil and that is something the Europeans refuse to do."
Nationalism isn't bad. American nationalism wasn't bad, has never been bad. British nationalism hasn't been bad. French nationalism isn't bad. Polish nationalism isn't bed. Czech nationalism wasn't bad.
The thing that was bad was that Germany which decided to embrace madness and evil as its central unifying characteristic under the Nazis. That is what the problem was, it was not nationalism per se. And its still not nationalism.
They took all the wrong lessons from WW2 and are applying them, while ignoring the only lesson that's really relevant from WW2, which is that you have to choose good and defend good and fight with the intention of defeating evil.
It is any wonder that Europe is sinking under the weight of the EU?
"Amazon under fire over Nazi death camp puzzle" France 24 (thanks to Van)
Online retail giant Amazon has come under fire over the sale of a jigsaw puzzle that recreates the crematorium at the Nazi death camp of Dachau, a media report said Sunday.
AFP - Online retail giant Amazon has come under fire over the sale of a jigsaw puzzle that recreates the crematorium at the Nazi death camp of Dachau, a media report said Sunday.
"This is a real slap in the face for concentration camp survivors and relatives of victims," conservative politician Gerda Hasselfeldt wrote in a letter to Amazon that was cited by Der Spiegel.
The 252-piece puzzle, being sold for $24.99 or 17.99 British pounds (about 20 euros), is sold as suitable for children aged eight and over.
It shows a picture of the crematorium at Dachau, where more than 200,000 Jews, gays, Roma, political opponents, the disabled and prisoners of war were imprisoned during World War II.
Between 32,000 and 43,000 people died in the Bavarian camp before it was liberated by US troops in April 1945.
"The Dachau memorial is a place of remembrance for the suffering of countless victims. It cannot be in Amazon's interest to sell such a game," wrote Hasselfeldt, parliamentary chief of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria, sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.