For all those people who grew up after World War II and who find those tumultuous times as something divorced from modern experience, I can say that the transformative migration to Europe provides shocking images. With some migrants being herded into camps and detained against their will, it looks inhumane at best and evil at worst.
But the attitude of one country, surprisingly, renews my faith in mankind. Germany, the ultimate destination for many of the migrants, has responded with enthusiasm to welcome the migrants. German citizens have rushed to the border to greet them, and, to my opinion, this goes a long way to reforming the legacy of that nation. Germany struggles with guilt for what happened during World War II, and I think it’s time we forgive them. Despite an endless stream of refugees, the nation has opened up its heart to the struggling migrants, with no thought of recompense or self-aggrandizement in any form.
The number of refugees can be daunting. The great mass movement of populations would be difficult to absorb by any country. And Germany deserves some assistance from the rest of Europe. But they have not acted in a presumptuous or entitled way at all, and a new generation of Germans is on the horizon.