Are you responsible for your family's crimes?
BBC has an article about the descendants of famous Nazis. Bettina Goering, great-niece of Hermann, decided to have herself sterilised (as did her brother).
""We both did it... so that there won't be any more Goerings," she explains. "When my brother had it done, he said to me 'I cut the line'." [Is this related to Germanic notions of blood and family?]
I'll link to article at the bottom, but Bettina's actions got me thinking about what she did. It also seems to be a peculiar way of looking at things (though I understand her emotional response). Have I got murders and rapists in my bloodline? I'd be amazed if I didn't. Over the course of 150,000 years, how many people were killed by my relatives?
How responsible are we for our ancestors' actions? Is there some kind of formula we should use? Closeness of relative + number killed = X?