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What makes defeat merely temporary is a conscious connection to one’s ancestors. Occupying powers know this, which is why they falsify history and tear down monuments.
Here is a detailed summary of the Battle of Berlin. I read the whole thing but this passage stood out: “There was sporadic fighting in a few isolated buildings where some SS troops still refused to surrender, but the Soviets reduced such buildings to rubble.” It’s an afterthought-line until you put yourself in the place of those small groups of men who were no longer fighting to defend their city, but for the sake of immortal honor.
Here is an older post about East Germany, which features a patriotic video to DDR’s national anthem, “Risen from the Ruins,” along with an overview of propaganda. Which occupation was more harmful to Germany, by design rather than through a turn of circumstances: the Soviet or the American one?
After 2015 and the Merkel migrant invasion, Germany and all of Europe has been under a redoubled attack. European nations pick themselves back up after they’re knocked down.