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NOVEMBER 26, 2005 4:00 PM


Around Berlin, small golden cobble stones mark the houses of families that were deported and killed by the Nazis. I noticed one on my way to university yesterday. Suddenly living in this city, leading a normal life on this enormous crime scene seemed like an absurd mistake.


This photo is of an ad for luxury apartments, "here you will enjoy the charm of the 30s." An older couple was looking at the advertisement, and I asked them what they thought of a living arrangement with "the charm of the 30s," but they only appeared to be bothered by the colour of the houses.

You make a very good point. I was watching the news today and they asked one of the anchors, who happened to be black, where he would go if he could travel back into time. He said "not too far. 1964." Which, I believe is the year of the civil rights act.

I remember my mom tellng me that until very recently, in some states, it would have been illegal for my mother and father to get married because of anti-miscegenation laws.

Most people seem to have very little trouble romanticizing the past and forgetting about some of the tremendous hardships of the time.

Anthony | November 26, 2005 5:15 PM

yes. but it's not only a matter of commemorating hardships. romanticizing the past allows people to commit the same mistakes again, like nationalism on the rise again here in germany. it's crazy.

i mean, "the charm of the 30s"?? that is outrageous! i can't believe it's possible for someone to write that. the first concentration camp was built in 1932. hitler was in power.

i wish the world wasn't a giant punch in the face sometimes.

nina | November 27, 2005 8:27 AM

when i came to the US, i had no idea how bad it was with institutionalized racism. but now that i know a little more, i feel the whole country must be in a state of self-induced amnesia.
it's really eerie to have someone who lived through the 60s and 70s tell you that the US is not a racist country.

nina | November 27, 2005 8:37 AM

I think, for people who lived through the 60's and 70's in the US feel that they "delt" with racism, by granting minorities federal protections from the most blatantly racist state policies.

There was actual radical change in this period but as a whole white america still views those with darker skin as not fully human. This is obvious when you look at the insular white suburban communities throughout the north and the still blatant racism in the south.

"The charm of the 50's" would not seem the least bit outrageous to an average white american, in fact it is a much cherished period that is almost always looked at as a time of innocence untill "the turbulant 60's" when the whole contry went to hell.

....but fucking hell, the charm of the 30's in Germany?!!?!

Anonymous | November 28, 2005 12:27 PM


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