The Right Coast

May 15, 2005
"Revisionism" Revised
By Maimon Schwarzschild

Victor Davis Hanson has it right about Second World War "revisionism", which is now routine in American elementary schools and high schools, as well as on college campuses (of course) and on the usual newspaper op-ed pages:
Revisionism holds a strange attraction for the winners of World War II. American textbooks discuss World War II as if a Patton, Le May, or Nimitz did not exist, as if the war was essentially the Japanese internment and Hiroshima. That blinkered and politically correct focus explains why so many Americans under 30 are simply ignorant about the nature and course of World War II itself. Similarly, the British have monthly debates on the immorality of their bombing Hamburg and Dresden.

In dire contrast, even the post-Soviet Russian government will not speak of the Stalin-Hitler non-aggression pact, the absorption of the Baltic states, the murder of millions of German citizens in April through June 1945 in Eastern Europe, and the mass execution of Polish officers.
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