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Germany continues to grapple with the long shadow of National Socialism 75 years after the fall of Berlin

April 26, 2020

With its last Thursday, April 30th, the 75th anniversary of the suicide of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, who was cornered by the Soviet armed forces, Germany has a new date in its Berlin bunker: the symbol for the fall of the capital, the Annihilation of the Third Reich and the total surrender of its armed forces, a week later, at the end of the Second World War in Europe.

A quarter of a century later, Germany continues to carry this plate on her shoulders, which has accompanied her throughout its historical development and has defined her national consciousness for eternity, characterized by the war triggered by the dictator and the horrors that the use of its supremacist ideology.

“It casts a long shadow,” says Arnd Bauerkamper, professor of history at the Free University of Berlin. “The National Socialist past,” he says, “is still with us, with Europe and the world,” he adds.

Germany continues to grapple with the long shadow of National Socialism 75 years after the fall of BerlinGermany continues to grapple with the long shadow of National Socialism 75 years after the fall of Berlin

The effects of Hitler’s tyranny are still being debated in the country, which cannot avoid examining every crisis from this aspect. The global economic collapse of 2008 triggered all the alarm signals for a possible rise in inflation, one of the determining factors for the rise of the National Socialist Party in the wake of the world conflict.

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