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  •  This is a great diary, but (5+ / 0-)

    you shouldn't have compared it to the Holocaust.
       Just comparing it to American slavery is more than convincing enough.

    ¡Cállate o despertarás la izquierda! - protest sign in Spain

    by gjohnsit on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:36:49 AM PST

    •  I have to disagree. (2+ / 0-)
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    •  its actually not a holocaust comparison (8+ / 0-)

      I happen to be German, and I was half bursting in flames when I got started on this diary, until I realized its point, which is a very good one.

      It´s not a Comparison of anything with the holocaust. It is a comparison of how the memory of an evil deed (here: slavery) is treated with somewhere else (Germany) and about what that says about how serious that history is really taken.

      the point could also have been made using the Netherlands, where I live, and their history regarding the camp Westerbork. Westerbork was a camp where Germans collected and shipped Jews rounded up in occupied Netherlands during the second world war. Then after the war, the new Dutch government blithely proceeded to use it as a prison camp for prisoners from the "police actions" a. k. a. Indonesian independence war, and later, as a holding camp for Moluccan refugees from the time when Moluccans found themselves homeless between Java-dominated Indonesia and ex-colonial Holland, neither of which wanted them. It took right up into the 1970s before the Dutch realized that it wasnt making them look good to store Moluccans in the old Nazi transition camp. The generation of the war was so convinced of its a priori goodness, certified by war victimhood, that they were unable to see the historical injustice. A new generation (the 60´s) had to grow up to see and understand.

      For the US, the trend seems to go the other way apparently. That´s to me the message of this diary.

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