Walter Hinteler wrote:
Did we want to whitewash our image? Might be so. I doubt that.
But what are reparations generally in your opinion?
Why would you "doubt" the desire to whitewash Germany's post WWII image? It is, in my opinion, the litmus test, and a compliment, as to whether the leopard can really change its spots, so to speak, after two world wars, where Germany was the belligerent.
If Germany did not want to "whitewash" its image, then one could make an argument that Germany had little, if any, remorse for its effecting the Holocaust (aka, Final Solution). In effect, then with no desire to "whitewash" its image, one might think that all that Germany did wrong, in its opinion, was lose WWII!
You see, the term "whitewash" is really a compliment to Germany; however, in its usual usage it might connote a self-serving ulterior motive. So, it could have both meanings. Now I am broaching the possible difference of the German mind and the American mind. In my opinion, German thinking has "vinners" and "losers." Not so in the American way of thinking. Perhaps, like Brits, we have a greater "toleration for ambiguity." (Like loving democracy, and loving their Monarchy.)