Sunday, November 15, 2009

A glimpse of evil

A post from Oliver Kamm last week centred on children taken away from their families in the GDR and raised by others. Kamm writes, the if you read "the testimony of a woman whose children were literally stolen from her, you have a glimpse of the evil at the heart of the now extinct German Democratic Republic." Well no argument here. Just mild irritation at the fact that Kamm appears rather ignorant of similar practices in the UK. Oh, hang on, Gordon Brown just apologised again.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Chris Baldwin said...

You'd think the whole not having elections, snooping on everyone all the time and shooting people trying to escape thing would be enough to convince people that the DDR was kind of crappy, but I guess Mr Kamm thinks we need extra help...

11/15/2009 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous organic cheeseboard said...

Kamm must surely know that his using the phrase 'banality of evil', given his political views, is problematic, right...?

11/15/2009 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger John B said...

Not quite sure what this post is for. The UK kids sent to Oz were voluntarily put up for adoption by their parents (or, most commonly in 1950sland, their unmarried mothers) - the scandal was how they were treated when they got there.

(also, what Chris said)

11/15/2009 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

A better comparision would be the Australian government and forced Aboriginal adoption, wouldn't it?

11/15/2009 01:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The british state also stole children from single mums.

Now with free market capitalism unchallenged, African children are voluntarily given up for adoption because their parent(s) are too poor to look after them.

(This is not an attempt to downplay the crimes of the soviet system.)

11/15/2009 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger Vinny said...

"Today, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 57 percent, or an absolute majority, of eastern Germans defend the former East Germany. "The GDR had more good sides than bad sides. There were some problems, but life was good there," say 49 percent of those polled."

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,634122,00.html

The ungrateful bastards!! After all free market capitalism has done for them!!! Can Olly Kann be translated into German? Anyone??

11/15/2009 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger Andrew Bartlett said...

"the scandal was how they were treated when they got there."

What also ought to be a scandal - but seems to pass by, acknowledged but uncommented - is the fact that these children were shipped out in the name of preserving racial supremacy in Aus.

11/16/2009 05:02:00 PM  

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