As Mark has already written about, the 70th anniversary has caused many of us to reflect on the war, and we’ll try and pull together your many discussions within the question above. Can you see the consequences of WW2 in your life? And in the position your country takes in the world today?
Is it the most important factor in how we all live? And I’m not just talking about the relations between countries, I also mean the details of each of our lives – from who is our neighbour, to the communities we live in, to the language we use, to the opinions that are and aren’t tolerated where we live.
Let’s take it as read that for all involved this is a human tragedy of unimaginable scale. But are more recent events becoming more significant than those between 1935-45? Maybe, it just doesn’t feel relevant to you, or your country anymore.
Or do you believe it’s the knowledge of WW2 that more than anything stops anything close to it happening again?
And what about how those who were involved now seek to claim their version of history? Do you leaders still use history to serve their own purposes? Some of you feel this is happening in the spat between Poland and Russia.