Walter Hinteler wrote:
Walter Hinteler wrote:
...most other groups would like to forget they were ever held in such contempt, as to be fodder for the Nazi killing machine.
You got this opinion from observing the literature, the related activities of those groups, their comments or ...?
From sociology. Most people like to think they belong to a great group of guys. It's just my opinion, backed up by observation, and reading.
It contradicts everything I know (and learnt) e.g. about the Sinti and Roma. (Between 25 and 50 percent of all European Roma were killed by the Nazis, scholarly estimates of deaths in the Sinti and Roma genocide range from 220,000 to 500,000.)
And they do remember what happened. Even if that contradicts what you know from sociology. And proves a kind of narrow choice literature you've read.
Can we stop the interrogation?
Well, if you prefer to get misinterpreted, of course.
I don't believe they teach school children world geography in the U.S., as well as they do in Europe. Similarly
, what Europeans learn about European history might just be a very different focus
than what the average student learns in the U.S.
So, students today in more than a few parts of the U.S. have the Holocaust as part of their history lessons. I don't know what goes on in other countries, relative to teaching the Holocaust? And, I know it sounds offensive, but I don't care. Europeans are not Americans. They have their history; Americans have their's.
American Jews are very much part of the "fabric" of the U.S. I can't believe that's the same in Europe. They may live in Europe, but don't get elected to many (any?) political offices. Don't tell be about Sarkozy; his grandfather was a Jew; he's not.
Since you know history, the U.S. saved Europe from its political excesses two times in the 20th century. And today many Europeans can just criticize the U.S.; I consider that ingratitude.
If you think I'm alienated from continental (non-British) Europeans because of the Holocaust, that's not true, I'm alienated from them because they still tend to be Eurocentric in their concerns (they're concerned about the Middle East; where do they get their oil from?), I believe. The Holocaust was just another example of Eurocentricism, since Jews were just considered non-Europeans (to be a European meant to be Christian; religion is not the criterion to be an American) that oddly wound up in Europe for two millenia. That's my opinion. If you don't agree with me, why are the Turkish guest workers in Germany not allowed to have citizenship, after living in Germany for two generations?
There's not even a word for Americans being Ameican centric. But, I am. I really am only interested in the U.S. and its neighbors. Probably this entire hemisphere. It ends there. Not even interested in Israel.
Oh yes, I try to accept the British eccentricities, compared to the U.S. (greater concern over one's social class, I believe). They have a great sense of humor (their use of the "understatment" is really unique to humor). And, they are the only true ally the U.S. has, I believe. We helped them in two world wars; they still show gratitude. Possibly, it's their valuing good manners?