There is a debate about the extent to which modern Germany is defined by the holocaust and in the same vein modern USA is defined by slavery, Russia by the gulag, Mongols by the slaughter of Chinese Peasants and the list can be kind of long. It's difficult to think of Germany without also thinking about the holocaust, and it's difficult to think of the USA without also thinking about slavery, and on into the history of time. The things come together in a mind in the way that clouds and sky produce what might be called an emotional weather. A full blown rain storm, sometimes. Or sunny. And for the sake of non-partisanship, amongst the English the legacy of colonies is a moderate drizzle, it's Lion and chained Unicorn hung up like sun hats brought out now and then for pomp.
You can call emotional weather myths if you like. Not because they don't contain
droplets of fact, but because of the lingering nature of the scars the sins of
the father hand down to generations of children without them every actually
being stated and yet informing so much in the day to day and the this and that
and whatever it is people think it is they are doing with their time on earth.
And if you want to feel better about it, you can become all high and mighty and
decide what is right and wrong, and you can go on to make some kind of a
statement that goes something like "children should not be blamed. for the
horrible deeds of their parent." And then you can completely dive off the
high board into the Cancun swimming pool and start talking about "socio-economic
group" instead of "class." Then if you actually want to go insane you'll
look at yourself in the mirror and say, "I am God."