On a logical level I completely understand that Germany today is completely different from Germany in the 20th century. On a logical level I understand that Germans today are repentant and Germans also suffered under Hitler’s regime. But at the same time, Germans should not be completely absolved - they were the ones who elected Hitler.
However, to me, the Holocause wan’t so long ago. I grew up hearing about it, we were told the “war stories” at the dinner table and before we went to sleep. The Holocaust has always been part of my life. I know my grandparents’ stories, how they suffered, how their parents and grandparents were tortured and murdered. I think it is most likely impossible for me to feel anything positive towards a country that in the recent past organised the systematic killing of 6 million of my people.
I think the most important thing for me to recognise about myself and for you to realise about me is that while I can differentiate on a logical level, I cannot on an emotional level. To me, Germany will still always be the country who murdered my family and organised the genocide of my people.