There is a lot of truth in this essay. We need to remember that we share a common humanity with Nazis, and that the horrors that were committed were seen by Nazis themselves as necessary actions to defend themselves against injustice. They were no different in kind than atrocities committed by other peoples, and other times.

History has shown that being victimized often fuels a thirst for power and a delight in victimizing former tormentors in the name of justice. I think it’s right to be skeptical when someone claims that their experience of victimization is a qualification for power. Sometimes being mistreated fosters a sense of empathy; sometimes it creates hatred.

Retired software developer, husband, father. Student of history. Met Fan

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