I was reminded of this whilst reading a further piece in Der Spiegel attempting to understand German sympathy for Russia, particularly over Ukraine. Christiane Hoffmann writes:
The question of guilt has created a link between Germans and Russians, but the issue evaporated fairly quickly for the Russians after the war. Unlike the French, Scandinavians and Dutch, the Russians don't tend to name and shame the Germans for crimes committed during the German occupation. "Those who suffered the most had the least hate for the Germans," says Baberowski, as if the issue of German guilt evaporated in the first frenzy of revenge at the end of the war. He believes it dissipated, at the very latest, after the return of the last prisoners of war to Germany. "The Russians told stories that would make your blood freeze in your veins, but they were never accusatory towards us," says Schulze, who spent several months in St. Petersburg during the 1990s.Psychologists will no doubt have an explanation. Der Spiegel also remarks the shared sores of anti-Americanism in both Russia and Germany, which the actions of the NSA (ably supported by GCHQ and the UK's hub position for international data routing) have rubbed raw. The French also resent American influence, still blaming the US for having to liberate them in 1944 and not quite daring to make a film depicting Europe being invaded by the 134 French soldiers who accompanied the Anglo-US forces on D-Day. Gregorio Marañón, writing of Tiberius, termed this 'the painful slavery of gratitude'.
The tectonic plates are certainly shifting in Europe.