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    Allied Propaganda and Public Opinion

    As the Brits, the Americans and the French won WWII, I suppose they did not have to question the image about Germans they got through allied propaganda. In my opinion, the Allies attempted to "re-educate" the German population after the war with the same images in mind, which they created themselves to mobilize their populations against Hitler.

    My questions: Are there still anti-German resentments in your countries?
    Did the common people in your countries even hear about the sufferings on the other side, for example the ethnic cleansing of one third of the German territories east of the Oder-Neisse-line?

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    Are there still anti-German resentments in your countries?

    No. There are many communities that have some sort of German festivals. You drive through some of these towns when they are having their annual fest & you get the impression Germany won the war. German products have a good reputation for quality in the US. German is a very popular second language cource in schools, it was more popular then Spanish when I was in high school in the Southwest. Many Americans have German ancestry from the colonial era or the mid 19th century wave of immigration. But.... there is a kneejerk reaction to anything that is remotely Nazi, mainly among the political & media classes. WWII was the good war, the war that the left never criticizes, unless it concerns internment of the Japanese or the segregation of Negroes in the Armed Forces. WWII was the good war because we fought the Nazis. But the Nazi outrage mania is waning. This is because the WWII generation is dying off. And perhaps because Jewish media influence is in the decline with the rise of the worldwideweb.

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    I graduated from a big high school in eastern Indiana in 2006. When it came to learning a second language German and French were still a bit more popular than Spanish. Unfortunately the German teacher was quite terrible. For the German history portion of the course, one of the only things we discussed was the holocaust. Looking back, it almost seems that we spent more time talking about the holocaust than we did interacting and learning the German language. My third year we even had to do some ridiculous skit called "Weiderstand" (to demonstrate those who resisted the Nazis) where the teacher got the school police officer to participate in pulling individual students out of the class-giving them the impression that they were in serious trouble for something they had done. A pretty dirty prank to get a pointless lesson across if you ask me... It reminds me of the elementary school "lesson" someone mentioned in another thread. Anyway....it was a shame and part of the reason I did not take German my senior year. That teacher liked me as a student and I know that she meant well, but she was a real turn off when it came to learning the German language. She was just brainwashed beyond the point of any return.
    I feel bad for the kids who will take German with that woman in the future. One thing is certain in the fact that she will not let you forget about the Nazis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celebrimbor View Post
    My questions: Are there still anti-German resentments in your countries?
    Not anything serious, amongst most of the population. Mainly at a non-serious level, jokes about taking over Poland and goose-step marching.

    Many jews still have strong anti-German feelings, as do some in the movements most influenced by them (far left and neo-conservative), for example it was alleged by some that Germany's reluctance to help in the war in Iraq and giving aid to Palestine is because of lingering nazism/anti-semitism in Germany today.

    There's also still a perception of Germany as a strict authoritarian police state left over from the NSDAP era, if one receives negative attention from authority figures for a minor infraction (jaywalking, smoking in non-smoking area, throwing trash in recycle bin or vice-versa, and so on) a typical response is "what is this, are we in Germany?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Celebrimbor View Post
    Did the common people in your countries even hear about the sufferings on the other side, for example the ethnic cleansing of one third of the German territories east of the Oder-Neisse-line?
    Nope, never. Basically the only people who know about such things are those in racialist/nationalist circles.
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