Saturday, February 16, 2008

Dem Deutschen Volke


Berlin, Germany

Am I the only person who finds manifestations of nationalism creepy coming from the people who, in the words of the old Spy magazine, screwed up the first half of the twentieth century?

No, I'm not, but there's an interesting side story to the inscription "To The German People" which appears above the entrance to the Reichstag.

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Blogger Daniel said...

Am I the only person who finds manifestations of nationalism creepy coming from the people who, in the words of the old Spy magazine, screwed up the first half of the twentieth century?

It's neither creepy nor nationalism if you understand what the building is: the seat of a democratic government. Now that we all know the words of old Spy magazine, what are yours? Are you as simplistic or do you aspire to more?

The tragedy that was the Third Reich did not show the world what Germans were capable of; it showed what our species can "accomplish." From the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia decades ago to the current atrocities committed in Darfur, nothing much has changed.

But perhaps you refer to the holocaust? Take a look at how enthusiastically large percentages of the population in countries occupied by Nazi Germany embraced anti-Semitism! It's frighteningly easy to make people do evil things.

Anyway, I found your blog because I googled "Dem Deutschen Volke" to read about the history of the Jewish family whose business made the inscription. I may or may not mention it on the Berlin page I am preparing for my own web site following my brief visit there last month. I usually like to know how my visitors get to my web site, so I though you might, too.

Keep writing,

Daniel

PS Did you know Hitler never set foot in the Reichstag, not even once?

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Daniel Kiechle
Valbonne, France
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http://www.kiechle.com

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