I just watched Roman Polanski's “The Pianist”. Now, being Polish, my mother ran a Polish restaurant on Kent Avenue across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the war, I was aghast at the brutality and cruelty perpetrated on my mother and father's family in Krakow and Warsaw, respectively. A fuckin' horror, just about the lowest levels of human depravity and sadism ever experienced.
To me, the immortal Shakespeare was the greatest writer in human history. The movie reminded of the line from Julius Caesar, “the evil men do lives after them, the good of oft interred with their bones.”
To tell the truth I detest organized religion. Utter horseshit, be it Christianity, Islam or Judaism. But I must admit I was always intrigued with the concept of Karma. An anonymous philosopher once said that the worst punishment you'll receive in your life will be self-imposed. I've seen it over and over, even a close friend committed evil deeds and wound up a chain smoker with lung cancer before reaching sixty years old.
Here's the epiphany I realized watching the movie: The despicable evil Hitler and Nazi soldiers committed during WWII will never be expunged from memory. They cursed the German people and to this day Germany pays the price. The epiphany (which I define as a sudden intuitive insight into reality) I experienced is that Chancellor Angela Merkel, in an effort to prove to the world that the German people are not all Nazis, permitted tens of thousands of refugees into German villages without regard for national, cultural and historical heritage. It's the land of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Goethe, fa Christ's sake. Tiny villages in Bavaria are being overwhelmed by invaders as I write this article and German culture is being attacked in much the same way Warsaw was in 1939.
It's all a matter of Karma. After 77 years, what am irony.