WW1 Centenary 一戰百年紀念

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Image caption Many British soldiers who fought in France are buried in the Ypres Cemetery in Belgium

(以下報道發表於84日)世界各國政要齊聚比利時參加一系列為紀念一戰百年舉行的活動。雖然德國也派代表前去參加紀念活動,但一些歷史學家仍指責德國對一戰百年紀念不夠重視。請聽 BBC 記者 Damien McGuinness 的報道:

Germany's government has been criticised for not doing enough to commemorate the World War One centenary.

Germany has spent less on events than some other European countries. And the events which have taken place have been seen as half-hearted by critics.

Traditionally in Germany the First World War is overshadowed by the Second World War. History teaching in German schools tends to focus on the crimes of the Nazis rather than what happened a generation earlier.

And since 1945 there's been a strong aversion in Germany to anything that might be seen as glorifying militarism. So many people here are uncomfortable with any anniversary of a war or a battle.

There's still some disagreement among historians about who was responsible for World War One. But having spent the last 70 years atoning for Nazi guilt, many Germans have little appetite to now take on the blame for the First World War too.