Let s try another perspective. According to the two German veterans statement, they had been only seventeen when they had fired at incoming gliders at
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, Sep 21, 2004
Let's try another perspective. According to the two German veterans' statement, they had been only seventeen when they had fired at incoming gliders at Arnhem. Those were not clay pigeons they were trying to shoot down but British and Polish soldiers. Being seventeen does not make a soldier necessarily any less deadly than an older one. Did they kill or cripple any? We don't know... Was there a sibling or child of a dead or crippled Arnhem veteran standing next to them during that cheery interview? Did relatives of dead Arnhem veterans see it later on television? Will they in the future?
Perhaps, it was human kindness that caused most German veterans to stay away from the Arnhem ceremonies. Perhaps, most German veterans had concluded that their presence at Arnhem would defy common sense rather than define reconciliation.
Stefan Wisniowski <swisniowski@...> wrote:
Thank you Krystyna!
People seem to react to suffering and loss in different ways. Some get bitter and angry; others still find a basic goodness in people.
This is an ongoing dynamic within our own group because it is is focussed around a great suffering as well as a great story of human strength and compassion. And it will remain a source of difference so as long as we have individual members who are willing to speak their feelings.
So we try to be understanding and supportive of each other as much as we can be, especially of those members who suffered personally.
Best regards Stefan Wisniowski (moderator) Sydney
on 21/9/04 11:45 AM, kms0902@... at kms0902@... wrote:
It appears that reconciliation is being viewed as a joke, and that is sad indeed.... Hatred is a poison that can overtake one's life .....
Sincerely, Krystyna Szypowska Montreal, Canada
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