Listening to your story today about Blacks and Indians made me think of the larger issue of repressed history. Not overtly suppressed history which is also an issue, but repressed history. As a student of labor history, I see examples of that everywhere. Ask any one from Colorado what they know about the rich and violent history of the labor movement in Colorado and you will be lucky if they even recall the Ludlow massacre. Gastonia, NC is another example of particular brutal defeat of a labor strike. How many people, even from that area know the story. But your story brought to light that oppressors sometimes lose and they can repress their own history. The story of Christianity is often told in the context of the triumph of the weak over the strong. And yet there are some Christians who see success and victory and signs of God's grace. I too lived in Berlin, a few years before you, in the early 70's. Looking back I see it as a time when m y generation of young Germans was just discovering the story of Nazi Germany their parents had glossed over. There is a German television movie of the bombing of Dresden which you might find interesting. In the DVD's extra features is the story of one of the actor's in the movie. Her grandmother had left Dresden after the bombing and the reunion with her actress granddaughter was the first time she had returned to the city. The comment is made that only the third generation could tell that story. Thanks for your thought provoking story.
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