This has not been the best week for me. I’ve been sick all week, and also a bunch of annoying life issues have been pestering me.
My website is down. And some work stuff.
I did find myself annoyed, and working on what I would *like* to say to certain people. Or more realistically stuff I would like to think about saying to certain people. I knew that to actually say them would be not only not helpful but also likely harmful.
Still. It was a favorite obsession to rehearse how I’d been wronged.
During my time of rest, trying to recover from being sick, Chris has been watching and old documentary series produced by the U.K.: The World at War.
Britain invested 10 million dollars in today’s money to make a documentary series about what happened in World War 2. Such a huge historical event deserved serious examination.
I do not have the love of documentaries that my husband and daughter do. But these were interesting, and when I watch them with Chris I have the most amazing personal narrative track that adds even more.
He knows these events inside and out. We were watching how the French focused on the Maginot line, and how the Germans drove their tanks past it and took Paris. Once Paris was conquered Hitler came in to receive their surrender.
Now, the Second World War is recognized as anyone who has looked at it, as an extension of the conflict that was barely resolved in world war one. So when the war ended, the Germans had to sign an armistice to France. The Armistice of November 11, 1918. One hundred years ago.
It was signed by the Germans in Ferdinand Foch’s private railcar.
Another famous part of the treaty of Versailles, was for “Germany [to] accept the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage”
This War Guilt clause required Germany to give war reparation to the victors.
And it was deeply resented by the German people.
It was that resentment that fed Hitler’s rise to power. He fought in World War one, and he utilized the resentment to gain power.
Here’s the thing. I knew that, I’d read that. But it was like reading it from an encyclopedia.
When I was watching this documentary, I learned how he had the French surrender to him it because clear. Hitler didn’t tell them, but the French were required to go to a secret location that turned out to be
THE SAME RAILROAD CAR THAT GERMANY HAD SURRENDERED IN WORLD WAR 1
That was chilling. This was revenge and it was served very very cold. He had planned this out and played it for his population.
It really hit me hard how much this backwards looking resentment had the people by the throat. And this choking umbrage and bitterness had no good fruit.
It made me want to let go of the petty resentments in my life. Yeah, I’m sick and things are annoying. But it doesn’t do anyone any good to cherish those perceived wrongs.
The real life cartoon character of Hitler is a big warning lesson. Let it go.
I really do have better things to do with my thoughts.