March 19, 2014

COMMENTARY: Reconciling Jews and Germany

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"Germans, defend yourselves, don't trade in Jewish shops," reads a sign Nazi troopers paste on a window of a Jewish-owned store in Berlin in 1938. Religion News Service file photo

"Germans, defend yourselves, don't trade in Jewish shops," reads a sign Nazi troopers paste on a window of a Jewish-owned store in Berlin in 1938. Religion News Service file photo

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(RNS) Reconciliation is easy to say but difficult to achieve. Especially when personal and historic memories of guilt, responsibility, shame, anger, distrust and pain are present. And most especially in the case of Germany and the Jewish people.