How different would the world be?
if WW2 never happened? I'm thinking specifically in terms of the millions of young men who were killed in their prime, many were undoubtedly future Nobel prize winners, professors, scientists, poets, doctors, politicians,architects,historians, researchers and engineers.
How poorer are we today to have lost a generation of brilliant minds, whose ideas would have shaped the world for the better.
As an example, Zygmunt Bauman who is/was a leader of sociological thought in the postwar period and wrote countless books on numerous topics, was just another face in the all conquering Red Army, struggling to survive the cold, lack of army rations and the best the Nazi military could throw up at him. Luckily he survived, but is just one man, out of millions lost.