There will be the 72. anniversary of the end of WWII in a few days. Myself I was lucky to be born in the aftermath of WWII in a free Germany. First of all I am grateful to the Allied Powers that defeated Hitler-Germany. I would have never had the chance to grow up in a free and democratic country without this victory.
12 years of Nazi dictatorship ended, the results of those years were the Holocaust and millions of people lost their lives in WWII, Germany was devasted, as you can see at the picture above, and many countries in Europe suffered from destruction.
Myself I feel the commitment to stand up against any possible dictatorship, racism and war, wherever they are looming again. The overarching goal is peace. But an important message we should learn from that time is this: It makes no sense silently accepting violations of Human Rights in other countries and nourishing ruthless dictators by following a so called realistic line of policy. I know, historical if- questions cannot be answered. But nevertheless I ask, if the democratic and free nations of world had tried an early containment of Nazi regime within its first 3 years, if there had been a worldwide early outlawing of Antisemitism, wouldn’t an other historical process have been possible? Maybe. But we don’t know. Instead of this all participants cheered Hitler at the Olympics of 1936.
As a young man, when I visited a KZ first time, I vowed to stand up against any racist movements in world from the beginning. Therefore I raise my voice against Trump, Le Pen and others, who spread racist propaganda.
That’s my way to honor the people, who lost their lives fighting Hitler fascism.