Good vs bad?

This picture by Magnum founder Robert Capa is probably the one item in Moderna Museet in Stockholm that got to me the most.

Robert Capa ‘Chartres, August 18, 1944'

(c) Robert Capa ‘Chartres, August 18, 1944'

Just after the Allies had liberated the town, a French woman who had had a baby by a German soldier was punished by having her head shaved. Here she is seen being marched home. What got me most is that many people around the lady are smiling, enjoying her humiliaition. Who kows this woman just happened to fall in love with a German guy (not because, but despite the fact that he was)? Whatever the story was, this shows that the ‘good’ can be just as bad too.

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France vs Germany

This week I read a headline which really surprised me: “Germany most popular holiday destination for the Dutch”. For decades, France has been the most popular holiday destination. I’ve experienced that myself as well: year in, year out, my parents took me to France. This by the way, goes for many people I know. This phenomenon even resulted in one of our national, often ridiculed, stereotype, namely the Dutch that go on a camping holiday with their caravan. Well, apparently times has changed.

Lieke in DüsseldorfFrance had to give up their top position, not to Italy or Spain or other warm destinations, but to Germany! This surprised me a lot, because when I tell people around me that I often go on holidays to Germany, they even ask my why I would want to go there? I guess more and more people are finding out that our neighbour country isn’t that old-fashioned and stiff as one might think. I personally love Germany, the language, the variety of landscapes, the people etc. I for example have been surprised by the beauty of Stuttgart, the party spirit in Cologne, the architecture in Hamburg and Düsseldorf and the liveliness in Berlin. Therefore I am happy that so many people go there, so they can see for themselves what a great country it is! The included picture is of me on a recent trip to Düsseldorf, where I was enjoying the beautiful view.