**before i get 87 people telling me the same thing as cappy - i KNOW that the article i am responding to is a common occurance, but for some reason, today it gave me a bit of a kick and made me think**
you all know i am Jewish.... those of you who have memories like vices know that i am not the most religious.... however - i DO know my cultural history
one of the most memorable conversations i had in sunday school was with a rabbi, who came to my small town to live
one reason this was so memorable was that we had this conversation in private. we were talking about the holocaust... many of my classmates understood that it was a big deal, but they just didn't get it (granted we were only 8 or 9 years old)... but what made it such a big issue for me was that i remembered my great-grandmother, who had survived Auschwitz and she had an identification number on the inside of her wrist. I wanted to know MUCH more than they did - & evidently i displayed enough maturity that he was willing to do this with me
Rabbi had also survived the concentration camps as a young boy.... he showed me his "number" tattooed on his inner wrist.... he answered my questions
when we were finishing our discussion he looked at me long and hard.... i can still see his dark eyes, a bit glazed over as he remembered the past over his white beard
and then he told me the following:FORGIVE, but NEVER FORGET
he told me to forgive the german people as a whole - as many of them were NOT NAZI supporters... he attributed his survival to the many germans who helped him to stay alive... additionally, although there are still people who agree with nazi principals, not all of them are german... but more importantly, he said you should never blame someone for what their forefathers believed or did
ok, so where am i going with this story....
i was taken aback this morning when i read the first line of this story: Israel Adds 2 Nuclear-Capable Submarines With the purchase of two more German-made
WHAT?????? i am sure i have, on occasion, purchased items made in german or made w/ parts made in germany
but i NEVER though i would live to see the day that, not only does Israel buy subs made by germans, but GERMANY IS FOOTING 1/3rd of the $1.3 BILLION cost!Forgive, but NEVER forget
echoes through my mind as i think of what an amazing change this is from 60 years ago
is this a case of an apology payoff? is this good faith? or does the new germany agree that the Israeli state has a right to protect itself from those who want to harm her and they truly want to help?
and then i wonder, who else is germany supporting with weapons?
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