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    British Anti-Germanism Deepens

    British Anti-Germanism Deepens
    (DPA) -- For some German students, the experience of living and studying in Britain has turned into a nightmare with many finding themselves victims of anti-German attacks. Thomas Matussek, Germany's ambassador to Britain, has embarked on a campaign to improve his country's image on the most anti-German turf in Europe.

    Stefana Bosse is a German teenager living in London ó and in fear. She never sits on the upper level of the city's red double-decker buses, and carefully scans the other passengers before she gets on. And she never speaks German in public.

    Two years ago on the bus, a group of British kids threw hamburgers and lettuce at her and pulled her hair. One girl spat in her face, she says, calling her a Nazi. "I've learned to hide the fact that I'm German," says Stefana, aged 14.

    Such stories are common among young Germans in the UK. Asked their nationalities, many claim they are Swiss or Scandinavian. Last fall, two teenagers from Guetersloh were beaten up in a London suburb because they were German.

    That was enough to send Thomas Matussek, Germany's ambassador to Britain, on a campaign to improve his country's image on the most anti-German turf in Europe.

    His task is a tough one: words such as Nazis, Krauts, Fritz and Blitz are common in newspaper stories. Television is awash with programs about the Nazi era. In history classes, an estimated 80 percent of high school students study the Nazis, yet learn next to nothing about contemporary Germany.

    The German ambassador, a boyish-looking anglophile who peppers his German with English phrases, wants to change that. "It is in Britain's own interest to know what is happening on the continent," he says.

    Matussek served in London once before, during Britain's economically troubled 1970s. "When I came back this time, 95 percent had changed for the better ó but the image of Germany had become worse."

    Matussek's mission sheds light on a big stumbling block to an ever-closer European Union. Half a century after World War II, national resentments still abound.


    Statesmen in Brussels are debating the adoption of a constitution for Europe, but many Europeans don't want such close ties to old enemies. Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi recently likened a German lawmaker in the European Parliament to a Nazi concentration-camp guard. Another Italian official, who has since been sacked, lambasted the Germans as "stereotyped blonds with a hyper-nationalist pride."

    The English have loathed the French for centuries. The French ridicule the Belgians for their alleged provincialism. The Germans say Poles are sloppy and steal their cars. But one of the few sentiments that unites all Europeans is a suspicion of Germany, the continent's leading power. And nowhere is that dislike as strong as in Britain.

    "Of course, we don't like the Germans. Why should we? They're awful people. Why shouldn't Silvio make jokes about their Nazi past?" said an article in the London tabloid Daily Mail this month, after the Italian jibes against Germany.

    Titled "Sour Krauts", the piece showed a picture of two men in Nazi uniforms and said Germans had no style, their women were fat and ó a big issue for Britons ó they beat them to the best spots on Mediterranean beaches.

    The Evening Standard sent a reporter to a beach in Majorca to investigate European stereotypes. The result: a large picture of a robust German blonde on a beach chair. "Just 7am and Helga claims the beach," said the headline.

    "What you find here isn't so much hostility as a high degree of disinterest, ignorance and outdated cliches," says Matussek.

    The ambassador launched his mission when the German students were beat up in October. At that time, he unleashed his anger in British newspapers and talk shows, protesting what he considers an obsession with Hitler in British classrooms.

    Since then, he has brought German conductors to London. He helped organise exhibits of German art and got Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to open one of the shows with British Prime Minister Tony Blair days before the Iraq war.

    In his office, Matussek keeps a stack of pink and blue postcards from a campaign encouraging Britons to learn German.

    They carry catchwords designed to evoke a positive image of Germany - including "Autobahn," "Einstein" and "5:1," a self-deprecating reference to Germany's sensational soccer loss to England in a 2001 World Cup qualifier. "Learn German - there's nothing to lose," says the punch line.

    "We wanted to attack a favorite stereotype: that Germans have no sense of humour," says Nina Lemmens, who heads the German Academic Exchange Service in London and helped create the postcards.

    Matussek is taking his campaign to British schools. This month in Birmingham, he patiently explained to students why they should learn German, why Germany stayed out of the Iraq war, and that German unemployment isn't caused by the euro.

    "I realised that I knew a lot about World War II but nothing about modern Germany," says Romony Snape, a 15-year-old student there.

    Germany's image problem in England began soon after Germany's birth as a unified country and rival power in the 19th century, and peaked during World War II, when German bombs rained down on London.

    Years after the war came the BBC comedy classic "Fawlty Towers," where hotel owner Basil Fawlty, preparing for the arrival of German tourists, keeps telling his staff "Don't mention the war," only to goose-step around and repeatedly mention the war. ("Don't mention the beach towels," echoed a recent headline in The Times, which devoted an entire page to Italy's German-bashing.)

    "The truth is that Britain, not Germany, is the nation that is the prisoner of its past," said the Guardian newspaper last fall.

    When the two countries meet on the soccer field, British tabloids happily evoke military images. Before a game in the Euro '96 tournament, they ran headlines such as "Let's Blitz Fritz."

    The Daily Mirror said "ACHTUNG! SURRENDER ... For you, Fritz, ze Euro 96 Championship is over." The broadside caused such an uproar that the paper issued an apology, and sent the German team a hamper full of goodies from Harrods.

    There is another reason for Germany's unpopularity: Europe. Britain has long been reluctant to get entangled with the continent, and observers say its dislike of Germany often masks a dislike of European integration as a whole. "

    Anti-Germanism is strengthened by Germany's leadership role in a Europe that Britain does not want," says Thomas Kielinger, London correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt.

    With such obstacles, Matussek's mission is daunting. A first defeat came in December, when he failed to rally German businessmen to change the image of the country's best-known companies.

    "We can't change our image but we can try to use it to our advantage," says Dieter Grotepass, general manager for Lufthansa AG in Britain, which declined to join the makeover.

    Like car companies that stress German engineering prowess, the airline is playing up qualities deemed typically German, such as punctuality and reliability. "We can't try to make Lufthansa French or sexy," he says.

    This month, Matussek hosted a conference discussing how Germany could turn itself into an alluring brand name, a la the UK's "Cool Britannia" makeover. Unlike other governments, Berlin has never made such marketing efforts, for fear of evoking Hitler and the Holocaust.

    Like others at the conference, London Times Berlin correspondent Roger Boyes is skeptical. "The last time Germany was good at branding itself," he said, "was under the Nazis."
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    Quote Originally Posted by MCPThree View Post
    But one of the few sentiments that unites all Europeans is a suspicion of Germany, the continent's leading power.

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    The Daily Mail seems to be particularly obsessed, every day there's a new story about Hitler or the Nazis, it's pretty pathetic really. Just from the last week:

    British archaeologist destroys Holocaust deniers' argument with mass grave find at Treblinka (I'll believe it when I see it...)

    Did Uncle Tom make Adolf a nicer person?

    Hitler stole idea for iconic Volkswagen Beetle from a Jewish engineer, historian claims

    The Fuehrer and his Frauleins: Extraordinary colour photographs emerge of Nazi leader celebrating his 50th birthday (with lots of brunettes)

    Two words in Morse code show defiance to Führer: PoW who stitched up Hitler in message that his henchman failed to spot

    The priest who changed the course of history for the worse... by rescuing four-year-old Hitler from drowning in icy river

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    Perhaps it may be due to living in a rather secluded region within England, but I’ve not witnessed or overheard any anti-German sentiment from anyone (with the possible exception of the older generations who lived through the war, but even then the Germans are rarely the topic of conversation). There is a rather sizable German student population (I believe there are currently more than a quarter of a thousand) residing my town, which has an English population of just less than thirty thousand. If anything, I was of the opinion there was a shared sympathy towards the people of Germany as we are aware that you’re currently stuck between a rock and a hard place, fighting to keep the economy of Europe from collapsing.

    I’ve noticed that some newspapers occasionally publish articles which may be considered anti-German, but they are usually published in newspapers that barely anybody bothers to take seriously. The public opinions towards the Poles, the Greeks and as always, the French are far more hostile than those shown towards the Germans. If there is any anti-German feeling in England it should obviously be doused out, although the scale of this problem is likely to be very minor, although you will always get idiots, especially in a population like England’s.

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    Regarding the attacks on the young Germans. I wonder if the kids who did it had Negroes peppered within their ranks.
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    Ive noticed for years, and it becomes more obvious the more that "political correctness" is imposed on our lives, that Germany is excepted, you cannot even tell Irish jokes anymore, the main bastion of British humour, yet still, anything goes regarding the Germans, and such is actively encouraged by the media.

    On discovering since that the media is 98% Jewish controlled, it all becomes rather obvious what is really going on.

    I dont watch TV nowadays, but a few years back, there was a documentary series where they tested the morality of various nationalities whilst on holiday with set-ups such as a woman searching for her lost ring, then timing how long the different national groups would help her search for it.
    In every case, the Germans proved to be the kindest, most considerate, most honest and altogether most decent and humane of all the national groups which involved the likes of American, Japanese and British as well as Germans.

    This is the only German positive Ive seen and surprised they actually showed it.

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    Some anti-German sentiment does exist among the English. However, this sentiment is amplified and is often a construction of those that control the media.

    It is a divide and conquer tactic meant to keep the most powerful nations in Europe in tension, thereby effectively making them weaker. Keep all of the powerful nations bickering and steal them blind from the inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer of Thor View Post
    Some anti-German sentiment does exist among the English. However, this sentiment is amplified and is often a construction of those that control the media.

    It is a divide and conquer tactic meant to keep the most powerful nations in Europe in tension, thereby effectively making them weaker. Keep all of the powerful nations bickering and steal them blind from the inside.
    Exaggerated to the point of absurdity. *yawns*

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    Thomas Matussek, Germany's ambassador to Britain, has embarked on a campaign to improve his country's image.
    Any other group would be angry and scream bloody murder about being discriminated against, yet Germans see it as somehow their fault, that the reason they are hated is somehow due to them not being nice enough? Ridiculous. The problem is, as Ralf Rossa has said, media domination by Jews. Control the media and you define the culture. And those in control mean for us to fight each other, not our true enemies.

    This is similar to the eternal argument we have here, that nationalism would somehow be more palatable when it is sanitized of "skinheads" and other "lowbrow" influences. This is an utterly futile pursuit. If skinheads didn't exist, guess who would have to invent them?



    Besides, look at other lowbrow influences which have come to dominate society through support by our blood enemies who run the media... "Gangsta" rap began being heavily promoted in the 90s, with virtually no criticism allowed in the media, and now it has grown almost to the point where it has become mainstream culture. Almost every white teen on facebook has pictures of themselves giving some gang sign. Negroid noise has become mainstream music. White people actually speak ebonics when addressing each other. Being negroid is "cool" while being white is "uncool."

    There is no way to improve one's image when the media declares you the enemy. That is why this was written into the programme of the NSDAP:

    23. We demand that there be a legal campaign against those who propagate deliberate political lies and disseminate them through the press. In order to make possible the creation of a German press, we demand:

    (a) All editors and their assistants on newspapers published in the German language shall be German citizens.

    (b) Non-German newspapers shall only be published with the express permission of the State. They must not be published in the German language.

    (c) All financial interests in or in any way affecting German newspapers shall be forbidden to non-Germans by law, and we demand that the punishment for transgressing this law be the immediate suppression of the newspaper and the expulsion of the nonGermans from the Reich.

    Newspapers transgressing against the common welfare shall be suppressed. We demand legal action against those tendencies in art and literature that have a disruptive influence upon the life of our folk, and that any organizations that offend against the foregoing demands shall be dissolved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer of Thor View Post
    Some anti-German sentiment does exist among the English. However, this sentiment is amplified and is often a construction of those that control the media.

    It is a divide and conquer tactic meant to keep the most powerful nations in Europe in tension, thereby effectively making them weaker. Keep all of the powerful nations bickering and steal them blind from the inside.
    It really is. If it was a reflection of popular prejudice it would at least be understandable, but even despite the non-stop propaganda the British population is still majority pro-German (60% of Britons think Germany has a mainly positive influence on the world while only 51% and 35% think the same of France and the USA respectively). See here: http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pi..._Apr08_rpt.pdf

    It's a patent attempt to create hatred.

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