The Twins by Tessa de LooA brilliantly-conceived plot. Lotte and Anna were born twins, in 1916, to German parents. Soon after, their mother dies, then their father. They were orphans at three. Relatives have to raise them. For some reasons, Anna remained in Germany with her grandfathers family; Lotte was brought up in the Netherlands with her uncle. World war two came upon them when they were young adults, one was German whose young husband, a German soldier, was killed in the war; the other was Dutch, who had sheltered Jews, and with the love of her life killed in a Nazi concentration camp. Seventy years later, the twins meet in a spa, both trying to get some relief from their age-induced ailments. Both are past 80 years old. They talk. Mostly of the past. Mostly about the war.
The enjoyment I had while reading this was modest. Ive been the company of a German Nazi officer who was everywhere during the second world war in Jonathan Littells The Kindly Ones and this concept of good Germans during the second world war is therefore no longer novel to me. I cant help but notice this, however: literature now abounds with those trying to picture the traditional bad guys during the last world war in a more sympathetic light (theyre doing this not only for the Germans but also for the Japanese and the Italians). First they get their materials from the civilians of the wrong countries and here there can possibly be no serious debate: innocence is everywhere and I do not believe in ascribing a collective guilt upon whole nations. Then they ease up to the common soldiers, and minor functionaries of the war machine, i.e., those who were simply there at the wrong place and at the wrong time, and who tried their best to act as human beings in the midst of atrocities. But after this, what? Is it possible that the time will come, a very long time, that even the likes of Hitler would be completely rehabilitated, like they were just some benign, tragic, misguided, well-meaning geniuses which history had long misunderstood?
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