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October 5, 2012

Considering our interest in history and memory in this network, this article in Der Spiegel is strangely metaphoric.

Apparently some 10% of all Allied bombs that fell on Germany during WW2 did not explode and there are thousands of bombs that remain just below the surface.  Sadly, deaths are too common, and each of the 16 German states has to pick up the bill for clearing these bombs when they are found, adding up to hundreds of millions of euros since reunification.  Chancellor Merkel has so far resisted all pressure for an agreement where central government to pay for clearing operations.

Without taking this out of context, there’s an interesting point to draw out between our philosophical coming to terms with history and the literal (and very practical in this case).  Is there a connection?  To what extent can there be one without the other?

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