Dylan Moran, the Irish comic, does a very funny bit about Germany that includes listening to a young German person speak about modern Germany, meanwhile the listener has one thought running through their mind: “Hitler…Hitler…Hitler…”
As an American, I have very definite feelings of both pride and shame regarding my national heritage, I think most people do, it is very difficult not to. It is very natural for humans to identify with their group, from immediate family on up to species, and for each group to form part of one’s personal identity. I am a woman, an Angeleno, a California,an American, a First Worlder, a human being, an Earthling. All of those things contribute to how I see myself.
Germany was responsible for both World Wars and the single largest, most horrifying genocide in human history. I can’t begin to imagine what it is like to be German and have to deal with that kind of history. My assumption is that it must have a very difficult effect on large number of young Germans. Am I right? Any Germans care to weigh in?