Germany 's Postwar Silence : The Horrible Atrocities Of The Holocaust

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Germany’s Postwar Silence

The horrible atrocities of the Holocaust remain an important subject in World history. Although very few people are alive from the Nazi era the horrors of the era still haunt Germany. Should the generations of German people be held collectively responsible for the Nazi crimes? If you were born in 1940 the start of the war, you would be 75 years old today. The younger generation of German’s look at that period of history differently than those alive post war. How the postwar Germans have dealt with the Nazi era of their country’s history has been a topic of controversy surrounding Gunter Grass. Gunter Grass for many years has accused German’s of not dealing with what happened in a realistic manner. He condemned the moral blame and responsibility of the war on Germany’s insufficient acknowledgment of personal responsibility for participation in war crimes by remaining silent. In his novel “Crabwalk” he illustrates this belief through the story of Paul Pokriefke and his dysfunctional family. According to Tulla, Paul’s mother, he was born on a lifeboat the night of the Soviet attack of the Wilhelm Gustloff. The story is written when Paul is a middle-age journalist struggling with whether or not he should write his mother’s memoirs.
Grass deals with the silence in his novella, using both the character of Paul and his son Konrad. We were introduced early on to Konrad and his internet sites. At first Paul did not realize his son was behind…

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