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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 year ago

How can you trust anything about WWII is true, after all like Winston Churchill said, "History is written by the victors"?

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  • 1465
    Lv 6
    1 year ago
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    Churchill and a few others said that.

    But here are a few quotes that should make you think twice about what has been documented as "history":

    "Nothing is easier than to falsify the past." - Woodrow Wilson

    "The truth is so fragile that it needs a bodyguard of lies to protect it." - Winston Churchill (This one covers the Holocaust pretty well...)

  • 1 year ago

    History, when done as a science, rather than as an excuse for national hubris (which Churchill used it as), is factually accurate because it is based upon evidence. Winners often write the first histories done after a conflict, but eventually, a more mature, comprehensive and accurate history is done based upon the documents and memories of the winners, the losers, the neutrals, the people who tried to stay out of it, and the people who wished they had.

    Besides which, child, Churchill was a bigoted, lying old drunk. He was, I would agree, an important man at just the right time for Britain, but I wouldn't take all of his words as truth.

  • Tim D
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    No, Churchill did not say that.

    If only you had actually checked before you cut and pasted.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    You could say that about any war. There are always documents and witnesses.

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  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Just because something sounds witty or poetic that doesn't necessarily make it true. There are heaps of examples of historical events being recorded by the losing side in a conflict. Do winners not have a tendency to embellish? Do losers not have a tendency to downplay their failures? It's not as though one side is always going to be more trustworthy than the other.

    And you're talking about a conflict that raged for 6 six years and affected hundreds of millions of people, a conflict that spanned the greater portion of the globe. Obviously there are many accounts from Allied soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines, as well as from civilians in Allied nations, but there are also the accounts of people fighting for the Axis, people living in Axis countries or occupied territories, people fighting in partisan groups, and all of those groups of people have contributed their testimonies to the accounts that we have available to us today.

    Not every conflict in history has had a clear winner and a clear loser. It's not always about the victor and the vanquished. And wars are comprised of one battle stacked upon the next stacked upon the next, sometimes with days or weeks or months or even years separating them, and sometimes they happen simultaneously. Obviously the people providing first-hand information about the German invasion of Poland were not the same people watching Japan being worn down to surrender. And while the Germans were victorious in their assault on Poland, ultimately they lost the war, so does that mean that none of the accounts of German troops are recognised today? Should we just toss the rubbish losers put down and wait for some American or Briton to tell us what really happened?

    You can "trust" whatever information comes from reliable sources. Many people didn't stand to gain anything by telling the truth, and people living at the time obviously knew that they were living through an era that would be scrutinized later. In the past, many people were illiterate, so stories were passed down orally and a lot of the details were changed over time before they were finally committed to writing.

    A better phrase than the one you've quoted might be "The only thing that's more uncertain than the future is the past."

  • 1 year ago

    Because there is all kinds of film and eyewitness evidence to support was has been written,.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Get a clue DUMBASS.

  • 1 year ago

    Many histories are written by the victors but that doesn't mean that the conquered stories aren't also told.

    "Truth" can be very subjective. Which is why reading multiple sources can help one grasp the separate perspectives.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    And you trust that Churchill actually said that?

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Gosh, why stop there?

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