How Can Germans Overcome Their Guilt Over the Holocaust?

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How can Germans overcome their guilt?

Some would argue that, deep down, Germans don’t have true guilt over the Holocaust. They’re just upset that they didn’t succeed.

Very harsh, but how else could one explain how Chancellor Merkel opened the doors, uncontrolled, to hundreds of thousands of people from Muslim countries steeped in Jew-hatred? And the majority of Germans welcomed them?

However, this move and more are often justified by the Holocaust. Letting in the refugees, for example, means that Germany has overcome its xenophobic past. Germany cannot be redeemed from the Holocaust if it doesn’t process its guilt and handle it in healthier ways, and this is where I come to the rescue.

For this new series on Achgut.com, a German political e-zine that is a shining light for German media in its representation of the truth about Israel, I offer the recipe for overcoming Holocaust guilt, and Jews also have a role to play.


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Orit Arfa is an author / journalist / philosopher/ painter / singer / songwriter / video-producer, whose works challenge the worldview of almost everybody. For examples, read her novels The Settler about what happens when a Gush Katif settler walks into a Tel Aviv bar, and Underskin, a steamy German-Israeli romance. Visit her website: www.oritarfa.net.

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