Every country, every culture faces similar battles over memory at times. No one wants to remember the bloodshed and horror at Belchite. Why should they? And yet they must. So, sooner or later someone will come along, either gently or forcefully, through law or poetry, to remind them.
The same thing is happening here, now, with our “1619” controversy, so many white people denying the possibility that it might be taught to their children, the inevitability they might finally learn the truth of our nation’s utter dependence, from the very foundation, upon slavery in its very worst forms at all levels. Something they’ve never been taught. It’s unimaginable. It might, in a few generations, begin to ameliorate racism. But they fight against it with every fiber of their being. A matter of simple history that teachers wish to be free to teach.
If we could all feel free to follow Germany’s example... And yet, what has that accomplished in the long term? They are still rife with fascists. They are on the brink of their “Day X” from the AltRight. One pin drop and their government might fall. Everything these days is so precarious, is it not?
Memory, for us, is not the solution, perhaps, we think it to be. Beware of Vico’s “Wheel.”