The Germans and the Jews: Postwar Report
Amidst the ruins of an ancient German city, the leader of a crew that was clearing away wreckage pointed to an inscription on a toppling wall near the site of the former Nazi party headquarters. “What does it read?” he asked. “Die Juden sind unser Unglück” (The Jews are our misfortune). After a moment’s pause, he added: “This inscription is incomplete; it should read: Die Juden-Pogromme waren und sind unset Unglück” (The pogroms against Jews were and are our misfortune). That crew leader, who was supervising a crew of “party members,” was an old Social Democrat. He believed that anti-Semitism was the beginning of Nazism, and that Auschwitz, Dachau, and Maidanek were the end of Germany.
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