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Now, fiction could meet and possibly mimic reality. Usually, on my second or third date with Germans, I brave the question many Israelis secretly like to ask 30 and 40-something-year-old Germans: “Do you know what your grandfather did during the war?Like my German hero, my date was a musician who grew up in Dresden, a city known for the Allied 1945 firebombing, where I also give tours. ” He knew the basics: His maternal grandfather fought in the Wehrmacht and became a POW in the United States, while his paternal grandfather had sought an “Aryan certificate” to prove his ethnic purity so that he could get a good Nazi job as a lawyer.“I tried to talk to my father, even wrote him letters, but he didn’t want to talk about it,” he had revealed to me. He lacked emotional and intellectual intimacy with them.I already knew that in many German families, discussion of possible family involvement with the Nazi regime is taboo. I took his prodding into his family past – and his reading of my novel – as a good sign. I’m not sure if he had ever watched a Holocaust feature.
“Once you make the Holocaust about all religions, then you will equally defend Islam and Judaism when the religions are entirely different. My orphan grandfather wore his suffering on his arm – in the form of a tattooed Auschwitz prisoner number.He was ready for introspection into this devastating period. As a child of the anti-Zionist East Germany, he may have received even less education about the Holocaust than his Western counterparts.