Wednesday, 10 November 2010

War.

I was working with some kids this morning, we are building a clay-oven at school, when the conversation came to the holiday tomorrow. I decided to give them a test, so I asked why there was a holiday. (11th of November is in remembrance of the ending/the victims of WWII, but also WWI)
OK, they knew. They linked it to the second world war. They didn't know about the first one, however.
-And who was fighting who?
-Hitler.
He's a famous guy. They know him.
-Who else?
That, they didn't know.
-Who was fighting with the Germans?
- Russia?
I lolled. So I explained to them:
-Italy, Japan. And a last one: Where did the fights take place?
-France. Germany. Netherlands. U.K. 
-That's it?
They thought so. Yes, I must have been a small-scale West-European thingy.
I started summing up: countries in the pacific, Hawaii, East Europe. South Europe, The Sahara, several colonies in Africa, ... more than 50million dead. 5 times the Belgian population. They fell silent.


I'm second generation(my father was a child when WWII broke out). They are third generation, my son is third generation. War is non-existent to them. They have never been hungry, in terrible distress, friends or family killed. They have to know.

Never let this happen again.

40 comments:

  1. Fantastic post, Im only 19 but i know I owe everything to the veterans. Both my grandparents fought in the wars, they were great people.

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  2. Russia, lol! Well, shame on me too, because I'm not very informed about those kind of things in the history, I should! good post!

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  3. Thats a good thing that they dont have to know

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  4. Yes it is through forgetfullness that we repeat the mistakes of history again and again.

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  5. Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity, awesome post and keep them coming :)

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  6. i agree, we should starve all the children and bomb the schools so they know what war means.

    jk lol, but i understand your point. they have no idea what it means to sacrifice something for your country and what you believe in.

    +following

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  7. yeah, I can't imagine what it must have been like living through that era

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  8. well i think those kids don't know really much about the wars...school should teach them more about it...or parents should tell them storys about it instead of silence about this issue

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  9. it's a good thing they know now.

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  10. In the immortal words of Boy George: "War, war is stupid, and people are stupid, and love means nothing, in some strange quarters."

    or something like that

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  11. It is happening as we speak, we are in afganistan to gain controll of oil and sustain a profitable war.

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  12. War and peace kinda go hand in hand huh

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  13. no one ever knows history...which is hilarious, because it's basically dictated where we are today...

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  14. the war is just so profitable... what can you do?

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  15. Good that you educated them. Nobody should grow up thinking war is no big deal.

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  16. Jim has a good point here. War has major global implications.

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  17. Yeah, thats why history is taught in class so it is never repeated. My dad's side all served (all 12) and my grandpa was injured in WWII. :D

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  18. It's good of you to educate the children on this. I feel that many kids today don't get enough history education... If they don't learn about the past, then we are doomed to repeat it.

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