The German Paradox

When I was in Munich I went to Fussen to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle and also Dachau the first Concentration Camp in Germany and Europe.

While I visited the Castle I thought about the split personality of the German character.The same people who brought us Goethe and the model for the Castle of all Disney properties.Also gave us the Final Solution and the killing of 6 million Jews also the killing of Gypsies and Homosexuals and mentally challenged people.

How can this be ?

How did a society of the highest culture in Europe and the World create in the most detailed way the ultimate killing of most of the Jews of Europe ?

Is there a flaw in the German character or does such crimes represent the ugliness that all human beings are capable of ?

After all the Italians gave our Civilization the Roman Empire its brutality and grand buildings,Machiavelli the Borghese but also the beauty and Art of the

Renaissance.These same people offered the World the Mafia and the Fascism of Mussolini.

But the Germans producing National Socialism and Hitler and the Holocaust

from the aftermath of the humiliation of the Versailles Treaty is unique in a brutality that could not be predicted even with the Prussian side of the German mind.

This question is easy to consider when walking through Dachau or any Concentration Camp and it is a question that many great minds will examine as time gives a better perspective to this period.

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