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The hopelessness of war, where all sides are hurt, no one wins for long, and the good die - young - before they turn old and bitter.


I am so saddened by this story. Usually when one thinks of WWII, it's simply Allies vs. Axis, Nazis vs. Jews, but it really was so much more, wasn't it? I think the greatest tragedy of WWII was that one ideology alone could create so much death and destruction for so many different people, not only one ethnic group or another.

What happened to Christabel is obvious, but history shall never know what happened to the tortured soul of the story. Yet, the urge to wonder is too great to resist. Who was he? At the very least, what was his name? Was his wish granted, was he finally "allowed to die"? Or did he, by even more chance, survive, only to be thrown into the gulags after war's end, a prisoner of those whom he originally sought revenge against? Questions and more questions, tragedy and more tragedy - no answers, though, only a deep, twisting pain which will not leave.

günter hiller

I am now reading Christabel's book "Als ich Deutsche war: 1934-1945"
I am in my 87th year, a Holocaust survivor from Berlin (1928). My parents were killed in Poland. I am trying to answer a question a friend asked me: "How do you like the world you live in now, 70 years after the Holocaust, after the bloodbath of the 20th Century?"
After the war I had hoped the world would become more humane; that we would end war and poverty.
The hope was kindled by the United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights. Alas, it was a short-lived hope. The vested interests again restored the status quo ante. There was no Moral Equivalent of War. What is accepted as normal is not moral, and what is moral is not normal. History, as James Joyce has said, continues to be a nightmare from which must try to awake.
The Scottish philosopher John MacMurray, a Christian, defended the thesis that all knowledge is for the sake of action, and all action is for the sake of friendship. Yes. And in spite of everything, we must embrace the
Good and celebrate the better angels of our nature!


Thank you for writing, Günter. I'm sorry it was posted late-- your comment got caught in the spam filter for some reason and I just found it.

I think history shows that human nature has not changed and that it's very dangerous to dehumanize anyone or any group, or ever let our guard down about what civilized behavior really is. Yes, in spite of everything we must embrace the good!

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