I can also trace my lineage, in part, back to Germany.
One of the recurring themes of my life is a question of how did Germany -- a leader in rational, progressive thought for centuries -- spawn a Hitler and the Nazis.?
At the same time, I grew up during the Vietnam War.
(I was fortunate enough to miss being drafted by a few years.)
It would take me most of my life to understand the linkage between our treatment of native Americans and blacks here and our wars abroad, from the Caribbean to Asia to the Middle East.
They were all illegal wars of aggression and clear examples of war crimes.
My question of Germany -- How could they? -- has now become a question for America:
How could we?
We are right there toting torches at Nuremburg.