There are people who exclusively live in the past and that gets tiresome, if
not downright offensive too! Foofie you're an old fool, and nothing but....
Reread my post that you are referencing. My point was that TODAY there are Germans that may say, "Who knew?" That is not living in the past. That is just realizing that some people NEVER LIKE TO BE WRONG.
If I am offensive, that might be because I do not like to ignore those that think many are too naive to realize that "Who knew?" is used too often to always be the truth. Many Germans must have had no olfactory sense during WWII, since the smell of crematoriums is very pungent, to say the least.
I understand that not to be offensive, I must play the good little puppy, in that when I do not get kicked, I should be friendly with the individual that stopped kicking me. Sorry, elephants and Jews have long memories. Like waiting 500 years, after the Inquisition, did Jews start to enjoy a nice vacation in Spain. Do you not see that what you may be alluding to might be offensive (forget the past; the past is the past)? Sixty-five years is not even the blink of an eye in the history books.
By the way, I am only talking about German nationals, since German-Americans are pure American, as any other nationality is. The love of a German culture need not have anything to do with one's political thinking, I believe. Do not tell me that Germany, the country, does not envision itself to be the present and future "big cheese" of a united Europe. So, without guns and bullets, I personally think Germany, the country, still has delusions of grandeur.
Please do not waste your time telling me that I am offensive, since that is one of the stereotypes of NY Jews relating to many venues (obnoxious being a synonym here for offensive). Then again, my ancestors came from eastern Europe, they were not genteel German Jews!