What do we mean by “German Guilt”, or “German Collective Guilt” (Kollektivschuld)? Well, in Germany they have the relatively recent history of Nazism and the holocaust to feel guilty about. Germans seem to be suffering from this guilt very badly and it seems to be affecting their judgement in a dangerous way. I therefore thought I would attempt to point out how this guilt is very ridiculous this long after WWII, now that nearly all the perpetrators of the Holocaust are dead. Worse than that however, it is risking the resurgence of one of the biggest things that the guilt should be about, i.e. hatred of Jewish people.
Here is an imaginary conversation that I recently had with a German:
Me: Guten Tag
German: Hello, how are you?
Me: Good thanks, how are you feeling today?
German: I feel very guilty about the fact that we Germans killed so many Jews in the Holocaust.
Me: Well, that’s understandable, it was a terrible thing. But, why should you feel this way yourself particularly? It was a long time ago, after all, long before you were even born. Have you killed any Jews yourself, or even ever been slightly rude to any?
German: No, no of course not. I am always very polite to Jews and I would never dream of killing them, that would be terrible.
Me: I am very glad to hear it, I think maybe you should move on with your life then. What else is new?
German: Some very good news. Our great leader Angela Merkel has recently welcomed a huge number – millions in fact, of mostly Muslim immigrants from poor countries into Germany. This shows how a country should behave, with true compassion and warmth!! In fact soon Germany will be a Muslim majority country because we give them all the free food and free housing and free health care and free education that they need, and besides although we work hard ourselves we are lazy about having children and they have lots!
Me: Oh, but don’t you know, the Jews are not really very popular among the Muslims in general? Won’t we just see Germany become a Jew hating country all over again?
German: That’s not a problem. We will educate them to respect Jews.
Me: But…. but, you have quite a lot of Muslim people in Germany already, and they don’t seem very friendly to the Jews. If you have been trying to educate them not to hate Jews, it doesn’t seem to be working very well. Jews in Germany are complaining that they fear for their safety, there is an account here of a demonstration where demonstrators were apparently shouting “Hamas, Hamas! Jews into gas!”:
German: Hm, I see what you mean, but this is so strange, why should the Muslims hate the Jews so much?
Me: Well there are a couple of reasons in fact. After the Nazi Holocaust, many Jews fled to the Middle East to create the state of Israel, and Palestinians, mostly Muslims, were displaced. Many Muslims around the world take cause with the Palestinian Muslims against the Jews because of this. They generally don’t feel much sympathy towards the Jews for their suffering in WWII because they feel a connection with other Muslims first and foremost. They are not troubled by the extremely violent tendencies of HAMAS, because really those tendencies are in line with the example of Mohammed, who claimed he was a prophet but really was just a warlord.
German: Hm, I see, and what is the other reason?
Me: The other reason is that Muslims are taught to hate the Jews (and just about everybody else for that matter) by their religion, for example consider this quote from the Quran:
“And well ye knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath: We said to them: “Be ye apes, despised and rejected.” ”
Then in an Islamic description of the day of the last judgment the Jews will be killed by the Muslims (with help apparently even from the stones that the Jews try to hide behind):
“(Muhammad said:) You will fight against the Jews and you will kill them until even a stone would say: Come here, Muslim, there is a Jew (hiding himself behind me) ; kill him..”
(Sahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 6981)
German: But, surely the Muslims will eventually just become modernized like us Europeans and forget the worst aspects of their religion that preach against the Jews? After all, Christians were at one time also hostile to the Jews.
Me: The fact is that Muslims everywhere in the world at the moment are generally taking their religion MORE seriously, not less. This is because Islam is really driven by fear and intimidation, not reason, and the more their numbers grow demographically, the more that climate of fear grows stronger. As Winston Churchill once wrote, “no stronger retrograde force exists in the world”. Muslims and non-Muslims alike are succumbing to the climate of fear and so are feeling more reluctant to criticize the religion, and so Islam is emboldened yet further. Also, thanks to falling average intelligence among the human race overall, people generally no longer have the critical faculties to understand what a terribly bad influence the religion has on people.
German: So in summary then, you don’t think we should be welcoming so many more Muslims into our country?
Me: No, I most certainly do not.