By those guidelines we shouldn't be talking about the War here, especially- we've got Germans, Poles, and Jews in this thread! Shock horror.
Love your story about the German fellow
. Like I said- it's called being an adult!
(note- of course if someone doesn't feel comfy discussing this stuff in the OOC which is really about other things and expected to be an area of lighter conversation, it's a different story. Please speak up if you're bothered by this...)
It seems strange that the Brits would be so sensitive about it. Not to diminish their part in the War but you can understand how, from my perspective, they weren't even close to the eye of the storm. We're also somewhat skeptical about the total amount of help received from the Allies not so much after but during the fighting. But that's just another wrinkle future historians will have fun trying to smooth out.
Also interesting to hear things like 'we won'. It's formally true, of course, but again I think a measure of the distance- because in Poland, I've never ever heard anyone say 'after we won the war'. After the war was over, yes, but it's not in the common mindset to consider this war as having been 'won' by anyone. And this despite the long years of Soviet propaganda, which encourage pride in the great victory, of course
I admit sometimes it's hard to talk about the 2nd War with Germans, because one feels this need to let them know that they're not being held responsible. While at the same time, certainly, many of them feel like they should be apologising...I've had a German on this very board apologise to me for the war, and I had NO idea how to respond. But...I think it's just worth remembering that none of us comes from an innocent heritage. You just have to acknowledge the crimes of your ancestors, compatriotes, and religious fellows, and then get on with your life trying to be better than them.