Are the ghosts of the past still haunting us?

When does history become the past?  This site – The Anti-Rising Sun Flag – was recently sent to an organization that I belong to in Seoul.  This organization is devoted to the understanding of Korea – present and past.  The sender (whose name will not be given) wrote:

I myself, as a relatively younger generation who had not faced war but just the narration of how it used to be, nonetheless wonders whether the ghosts of the past are still haunting us in the most subtle way. Horrendous photographs they are and I have mixed feelings whether it should be shared at all, however I think should be worth a read if you might want to gain insights of why the emotional streak always seems to take the front seat in Korea when discussing history with our closed neighbours.

The site does have some rather gruesome pictures – but pictures that have been floating around the net for some time.  I found this quote kind of interesting:

Rising sun flag is also used in in children’s animations. While it may be aesthetically pleasing, prolonged exposure to this controversial emblem at young ages can numb down children’s conception of Japan’s war crimes committed under this banner.

There are also a couple of sections dealing with the Olympics in London and China.

I have been preoccupied lately and have not been keeping up that much with The Hole so my apologies if this has already been covered before.

  • DLBarch

    In fairness to Walther Tröger, that website’s reference to the German dignitary’s “Nazi salute” to the German Olympic team in London last month has now been thoroughly established as completely and utterly false.

    Herr Tröger was waving to the German team, and with his left hand no less! This hair-trigger attempt by those with their own political agenda to mis-characterize every German gesture as a kind of disguised Nazi symbolism is getting out of control.


  • Q

    Nor was ‘allegiance to the flag of the USA’ in 1930s a glorification of Nazis Germany:

    과전불납리 이하부정관(瓜田不納履 李下不整冠): Do not fix your shoelaces at cucumber field nor do tie your hat strings under pear trees.

  • kari

    The site, all though informative needs some serious fact checking, especially dates and the order they are put it. On one of the pictures has a subtitle on mistreatment of POWs as a violation of the Geneva Convention, and the part of the treaty wasn’t put in till after WW II, 1949 after the war. there are always dirty deeds during war, in any country, not everything is a holocaust.

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