Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 4, 2018

Stop Mentioning The War?

Last week the Labour WLBC Leader Cllr Ian Moran wrote on Facebook “As a young soldier serving in Germany I visited Bergen Belsen concentration camp and it still haunts me to this day. We should never forget what happened to millions of Jewish people but also the disabled, gypsies, communists, trade union members, black people and people from the LGBT community. We should make sure our children and our children’s children should also never forget”.

I reflected that Cllr Moran had probably trodden in my Dad’s footsteps, something I wanted to do but never found the courage for. He was with the 1th Armoured Division that occupied Belsen Bergen 

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on April 15 1945, along with a Tank Regiment and some Medical Units. While attached to the 11th Armoured Division, Brigadier Hugh Llewellyn Glyn Hughes became the first Allied Medical Officer to enter the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. He immediately took control of the camp and set about controlling the two main issues that faced him, the control of a typhus outbreak, and the distribution of food. He also took control of the local hospital, removing the German patients to treat his new charges

I have always carried the picture of my father in my mind as he reflected on the horror of it all, horrors created in the name of Nazi inhumanity and brutality.

But now it’s reported the outgoing German ambassador to Britain suggests we “may have been watching too many re-runs of Fawlty Towers”. Oozing that condescension so typical of Europe’s smug political class, he wants us “to stop mentioning the War”. In an interview published yesterday, Dr Peter Ammon warned against the influence of national folklore where “you focus only on how Britain stood alone”. Cherishing this past, he argued, creates “illusions” and “does not solve the problems of today”. Is this “Fawlty Towers”?

“Like most of his breed, Dr Ammon no doubt likes to see himself as a sophisticate, yet his sneers display a chronic lack of awareness. What could be more offensive than the sound of a German official lecturing us on how we should feel about the War?” Folklore? History is what he doesn’t like. Pictures like those above tell the truth, not a myth. Perhaps Herr Ammon might consider how much his country benefits from the largesse it gains from its trade surplus of €261 billion in 2016, the German current account surplus it gains almost year on year, much of it from the UK?


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