The shadow of World War II hangs over the pandemic
For the descendants of the defeated, there were commemorations, too. “There is no end to remembering,” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at the Neue Wache memorial in Berlin. “There is no redemption from our history.”
The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us of how much World War II is hard-wired in the West’s political imagination. Tens of millions of people died in six years of conflict and genocide; that epochal horror and sacrifice still serve as a kind of inescapable benchmark for much of the world.
U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said the virus represents “the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War” — which led to the creation of the institution that he now leads. Last week, Trump described the disease’s “attack” on the United States as “worse …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]