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    Quote Originally Posted by Frederick303 View Post
    I have always though the destruction of historical sites, even if associated with bad things is a mistake.

    I understand the Germans do not want the NAZI sites to become shrines for neo-NAZIs, but frankly that has never been an issue the last 75 years, despite the ever present various neo NAZI themed film villains. That they are convenient bad guys no objects to really shows what a small threat they are. Never met a German pro NAZI in my life. So there is no reason not to preserve such sites, or so it seems to me.

    Said another way, no one will say they are a NAZI today and retain any respect, while Communists, Marxists and other equally totalitarians are seen as legit, especially on most college campuses. As a history buff I wish I could see these sites and the Berlin fuhrer bunker, not as a homage but simply to see what I have read about. Same way I like to see southern monuments here at various battle sites, does not mean I buy into southern civil war beliefs.

    But not being a German it is their decision to make, not mine. Still would like to see Seelow heights on the Oder and the Russianicon established museum there. That said it is time for the Germans to get off their knees, tell those trying to morally disarm them to drink a cup of shut the F--K up and take some pride in their land, people and history (good and bad) before it all slips away.
    Yes, it does seem counter productive in a way. I believe pressure from the ever growing Greens out here is forcing a lot of it in recent years. It was pressure from them and the SPD that forced the Wachbattalion into removing all the Waffenampt's and Eagle's acceptance markings from all the pristine ceremonial K98kicon's that they use for their drills. You really have to wonder about such petty details being that important to anyone.
    It was similar pressure that forced the removal of Molders nameplate from JG74 as well some years ago I believe.
    I think the more you try and expunge something from history the more chance that history ends up getting repeated.

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