In the whole of Europe, in fact the whole world, the great ideologies
of the 20th century clashed. Socialism, Liberalism, National Socialism,
Communism, Anarchism, Pacifism. What shall I call it -ism.
All points of view, bad, good, mostly strongly opposed or cheered at.
environment people make choices.
Clashes where of course the one against nazism. And one tragic
escalation in the corner of our continent, Spain. Where all -isms
clashed. So well described by Geert Mak in his book "In Europa".
The wounds from that time are still not healed, though the Spanish
take great effort, with the help of the recent Ley de la
Memoria Histórica., a law stating all victims, be it
fascists, communists, anarchists alike: They all suffered.
That's my point. This is not exclusively Dutch. Or Spanish. Similar
relations happenend in the politically divided Italy, in communist
Hungary, in Belgium. Every story similar, and yet unique, like
of my family.
But ideological differences of the past often make it impossible for
people to reach out to the other and state: you suffered too. In my
Postma family this happened, brothers hating each others guts. But its
not exclusive for the Postma's . It's not exclusive for Dutchmen. It's
not exclusive for those who won in a great conflict.
In fact, we all lost, and must try to gain back humanity. That's a job
of a lifetime.
I started writing this site in English, though it's not my
mainly because I wanted to lift it up from the exclusively Dutch
situation, to get away from Dutch hurt feelings and frustrations of
more than 60 years ago. The easiest way to do that was to take the
lingua franca, the Latin, of our days, the English.
I reach out to all of you, people of good will.
And try and prevent stuff like this from now on. If this story just
does a tiny tiny bit, I'd be delighted. The story in itself is
fascinating enough, so just read it.
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