Vergangenheitsbewältigung (1)

Of all the multiple things I have been reading about Edward Colston, Cecil Rhodes and what to do about public statuary, the subjects of which were until recently conspicuously ignored, I thought that one of the most sensible comments was from John-Paul Stonard who pointed out that, of course, we are not the only country which has had to grapple with, and come to terms with, monstrous things in our history and that the Germans even have a word for this. I wasn’t familiar with the word and now that I have looked it up I can understand why, but I still think that it’s a very sensible suggestion that we should learn from the ways in which Germany has dealt with its past.

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