シュムリ（S)：You know , when I was Australia recently they had this big debate about whether the government should finally apologize to the Aboriginal people. マイケル（M):I know all about it. They say that if they apologize then they have to pay them the way they are paying the Jews for the Holocaust.And they don't want to pay them so they can't say they are sorry. They made a mistake because they are worried that they will stick their hand out and ask for money.
S:Do you think they should? M:Absolutely, and I give the Jews credit for standing up for the past. Yes. The Germans paid the Jews $47 billion a year in taxes because of the Holocaust.
S:It's actually nowhere "near" that much.But the Jews were never paid for their slave labor and certainly never accepted blood money for the six million killed.Rather they were compensated for the tens of billions of dollars in confiscated property that was stolen and destroyed by Nazis and their collaborators, and even then only got a fraction of what they lost.
M:But I hate when people to this day think that all Germans are bad, because they are not.
S:In the Bible there is horizontal, rather than vertical accountability. So, if I saw you beating up Frank(Michael's friend) and I didn't stop you, I am also responsible because I was here witnessing it but chose to do so without stopping you. But Prince(Michael's son) wouldn't be responsible just because he is your son.We do not visit the sins of the fathers upon the children.So, horizontal accountability, but not vertical. He can't be accountable for what his father does.So we of course don't hold the generation of Germans responsible for what their parents did.But we do hold the generation who perpetrated it, and those who watched in silence, we hold them accountable.