Wednesday, June 19, 2013

How To Insult a German

Want to insult a German? Tell him he's "typically German." In truth, Germans don't seem to like themselves or their country. For example, Germans shy away from displaying their national flag. In the USA, Canada, and Britain, the flag is displayed everywhere. In fact, it's almost unpatriotic for an American elected official to be seen in public without a flag lapel. Remember when President Obama was criticized for failing to wear the obligatory flag lapel during his first run for the White House.  

But in Germany? You'll find the flag on only a few government buildings. But elsewhere? Forget it. Nearly seventy years after the end of World War II, German patriotism isn't evident. German patriotism gave rise to two World Wars and the Holocaust. Ask a German whether he loves his country and you'll generally get a "no" or an awkward silence. Even the newly erected German monuments are really anti-monuments like the Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma (Gypsies). Germans are still troubled by their past and avoid anything resembling patriotism or nationalism. 

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