WWII German Graves Cause Uproar

This is a heavy topic for a Sunday morning, but after reading the story, I needed to comment on it’s rampant stupidity. Feel free to unsubscribe if you will, but I’m going to be honest here. A brouhaha has emerged after an “advocacy group” found three German POW gravesites in VA cemeteries. The headstones were adorned with a swastika inside the Iron Cross.

Three German soldiers’ gravestones etched with swastikas will remain in national cemeteries in Texas and Utah, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday, despite demands from an advocacy group to have them removed.

The irony of erasing history so it will never be repeated continues to astound me.

The soldier above, who died at the age of 19, received the Knight’s Cross, Germany’s highest military award during World War II. Now, maybe I’m mistaken, but not all German soldiers were Nazis, and not all German soldiers slaughtered Jews. I have no idea what these soldiers did or didn’t do, but lumping everyone in with Himmler seems to be a galactic leap.

The VA’s National Cemetery Administration released a statement Wednesday that it “will continue to preserve these headstones, like every past administration has.”

“All of the headstones date back to the 1940s, when the Army approved the inscriptions in question,” according to the statement.

Wow, that evil Republican president must have been a monster!

[T]he VA said in its statement that “the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 assigns stewardship responsibilities to federal agencies, including VA and the Army, to protect historic resources, including those that recognize divisive historical figures or events.” For that reason, the headstones will remain.

Rabbi Joel R. Schwartzman, a retired Air Force colonel and chaplain, said the concern is the headstones could become a rallying point for white supremacists.

With respect to the Rabbi, this wouldn’t be a problem if the media ignored the story. Also, with respect, the Rabbi decided to continue his rant by invoking Civil War monuments, so you know where his ideology lies.

My points here are simple. First, if you think all German soldiers were Nazi war criminals, have at it. I respectfully and completely disagree. Second, if a headstone emblazoned with a (small) swastika sends you over the edge, that’s okay. Personally, I try to have the actions coincide with the times. Americans weren’t so quick to clutch their pearls at seeing a swastika in the 40’s. Finally, if you think removing these headstones is a good idea, but removing Civil War references is an assault on history, you’re a hypocrite.

Of course, if you read through this and have come to the conclusion that “Wyatt loves Nazis,” you should probably read another blog.

A Dutch Treat

Audrey Hepburn, in my opinion, is the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Now we can argue that point, but we cannot argue the fact she was also a legitimate war heroine.

She was one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses. But Audrey Hepburn had a role that few knew about: spy.

The maddeningly private actress, who died in 1993, had dropped hints about her work with the Dutch Resistance during World War II, and now a new book puts the whole story together, providing an in-depth look at her life during the conflict.

Robert Matzen, author of “Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II” (GoodKnight Books), combed secret files, talked to Hepburn’s family and tracked down diaries to uncover new information.

The biggest surprise to many will be Hepburn’s work with the Dutch Resistance against Nazi occupation. For starters, she was just 10 years old when World War II broke out. For another, her parents were infamously pro-fascist — though the realities of Nazi occupation would ultimately change her mother’s mind.

Hepburn’s duties included delivering resistance newspapers, harboring a downed British pilot, and dancing to raise money for resistance fighters. An amazing woman with an amazing story.