A German comedian has been criticised for apologising to a Holocaust survivor for his father’s Nazi service because it’s 2020 and that is where we are at as a society.
Germany has a complicated relationship with its past as it attempts to come to terms with some of the worst atrocities of the last century. In a remarkable move, comic Atze Schröder spoke to Auschwitz survivor Eva Szepesi on the Markus Lanz talk show Thursday. He explained that his father, who died nine years ago at 87, served as a Nazi for four years and told his son about the terrible things he’d done later in life.
In tears, on national television, Schröder apologised for the actions of his father during the war.
That would appear to be a heart-warming story except the far right on Twitter have reacted angrily on Twitter and labelled the comedian a “mentally impotent rat” as well as an “embarrassing, disgusting slave to the system”.
Let’s focus on the positives, though, not least Schröder explaining his father “would probably apologise if he were sitting here” before saying “I am sorry. We must never forget.”