Stereotypes about Germans

In A Fistful of Euros, Tobias Schwarz has an interesting entry on Kraut bashing from a German’s point of view, written with enviable tolerance.

bq. There are plenty of stories like the one a young German Navy officer told me. When he went to the UK on NATO business recently, he was greeted with a joyful “Heil Hitler” by his British comrades. However, the British soldiers lifting their right arms in all likelihood did not intend to imply he was actually a Nazi or even seriously insult him. In their eyes, it probably was a joke honouring the tradition of John Cleese’s famous “Don’t mention the war”-episode of Fawlty Towers.

See also my earlier entry about a reaction to Germans in Oklahoma. And a strange weblog by an American whose contract at the Technische Universität in Munich was not extended – this is normal – whose sole purpose seems to be to quote the German press to criticize German academia and Germany in general.

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