It is astonishing how quickly Germany regained a positive image in the world after starting two world wars, setting the whole continent of Europe on fire and attempting to exterminate the Jews of the world. Thanks to the Cold War and the economic growth after World War II, I have always felt that Germany was let off too easily and thus didn’t really have to face the tough questions all of its people – including my own grandparents – should have answered.
In parts of Brazil however, the image of Germany still seems to reflect its past. From an article in The Economist about prisons in Latin America:
The Primeiro Comando da Capital [Brazil’s most powerful gang] now controls most of São Paulo’s prisons … . It has a policy of non-communication with guards whom it calls “Germans” (meaning Nazis).