On Friday, Burns' birthday, we met up with Scots friends. Next day the Aussie contingent here were celebrating Australia Day, and right after that came Holocaust Memorial Day.
There's a holocaust memorial near the new German parliament. But not everyone approves. I think the hundreds of concrete blocks are supposed to signify the murdered millions, but my German friends object to its anonymity. It could represent any mass murder anywhere. They would have preferred a memorial that spells out "this thing happened here, it grew out of our culture." And I agree with them. This memorial is like a giant playground. Whereas a visit to the concentration camp near Berlin is appalling, as it should be.