Sunday, May 16, 2010
Dachau, and its history of horrors stands in stark contradiction to the fine German people we have met - the warmth and friendliness, the eagerness to help and the faith of the German people beg the question, how could a civilized people have followed its leaders down the Nazi path of extreme cruelty, torture, murder and genocide. I wish I had an answer, I wish I could simply believe it was a small group of fanatics, or that today's generation of Germans, or today’s world, is somehow fundamentally different, and not ask any further questions.
How could the same German people who built the Cathedral at Regensburg, and who brought much civilization to the world, also build Dachau (and Auschwitz among many others)? Were the Nazi SS killers a different type of German then the Germans we have met? I wish I had more answers, they would make me more comfortable here.
Tomorrow we hit the road again.