Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Guardian: Britain’s disdain for eastern European migrants is a betrayal of memory

Guardian: Britain’s disdain for eastern European migrants is a betrayal of memory

Article by Jonathan Jones


'The sheer altruism and European solidarity of Britain’s bravery in the second world war has been tragically forgotten. So, apparently, has the almost unimaginable suffering of the people of eastern Europe not only in the war, but afterwards under Stalin’s iron heel. A wall of narrow ignorance has descended. It is plain that many Britons have no idea of the massacres and cruelties inflicted in the killing fields of Hitler’s and Stalin’s empires, the terrible scars on so much of our continent.

Wherever these “East Europeans” come from, you can bet it was somewhere that saw horrors Britons would find hard to imagine, even in the murderous 20th century. We cared about that in 1939. We should remember it now. But we choose our memories carefully. We edit out the altruism of our own past and the suffering of others. We are offended at this apparent slur on memory, but forget the history that should make us proud to be generous and welcoming.'

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