by Samuel Hux (October 2015)
Günter Grass’s death in April 2015 (as I observed my birthday) reminds me that in June 1984 I drove from Normandy to Brittany in order to visit Mont-St. Michel. (The Grass connection will not be obvious immediately.) Acutely aware of the recent fortieth anniversary celebrations of D-Day, my companion and I decided to stop at the American military cemetery at St. James. (Odd name for a French town, English, but appropriate given the circumstances.) The crosses and stars of David were not easy for us to handle; there are few if any more solemn sights. more>>>
Very interesting article, and confirms my own judgement about the Waffen SS and its distinctiveness as a purely Nazi expression of German militarism. However, the slogan at the entrance to the Bitburg Cemetery, "Stöhen Sie bitte nicht die Ruhe und den Frieden der Toten." surely should be: "Stören Sie bitte nicht die Ruhe und den Frieden der Toten."