‘War Morality, Remembrance’
To support his claim that we should forget the war crimes of World War II, Hughes writes of the Allied bombing of Berlin that “those who lived through that terrible period could hold only animosity toward those who rained such destruction on them.”
My mother was one of a handful of Jews who survived the war in Berlin. As a temporary Holocaust survivor--temporary because while she survived well after the war years, she died earlier than I believe she would have without the traumas of those years--she was grateful for those bombs all her life.
The motive for continuing the searches and trials for Nazis is not revenge, but maintaining the memories that honor the dead and can perhaps help to avoid future atrocities.