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Patriotism has made a come back in Germany

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posted on May, 25 2009 @ 08:23 AM

Forty years ago, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany) Gustav Heinemann was asked if he loved his country.

"I do not love the state," President Heinemann replied. "I love my wife."

It was a sign of how reluctant Germans were back then (even the country's president) to display patriotism.

Times have changed. Today Germany celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Federal Republic, which rose out of the ashes of the Third Reich.


Now my late Grandfather was a victim of Nazi slave labour and I am not bothered by the return of patriotism to Germany . Although I would like to read what European members think about all of this .

Does anybody see a connection between scumbag Holocaust deniers and the return of German patriotism ?

I don't see the link myself in my view scumbags are well just scumbags . A lot of countries have things in there past that don't make for pretty reading it just so happens that there are a handful of people left who can remember the Nazi regime . Yet no one thinks lesser of other countries .

posted on May, 25 2009 @ 08:47 AM
Most of europe has moved on.So have most Germans.I dont see how they should feel ashamed for something that happened 60 years ago and in no way relates to the germany today.I think you will be hard pressed to find anyone from europe who doesn't think like this.

posted on May, 25 2009 @ 09:00 AM
reply to post by Solomons

Actually you are wrong, at least from a British standpoint. In my experience a lot of us Brits still hold a grudge against Germany and it's people. I personally dont think a whole nation should be held accountable for the political actions before there time but many of my peers have a far less mercyfull oppinion- and rightly so.

But i guess for us it's slightly different, unlike most of Europe we were not conqourd but instead we were left in ruins. A few buildings in London is all that stands of some of the oldest architechture in England. As children we're told of how the "german bastards bombed london to bits" and how our ancestors died trying to keep the Nazi scum from our borders.

Now in my oppinion i actually feel sorry for germans of that era as they were essentially slaves to Hitlers propoganda.

posted on May, 25 2009 @ 09:18 AM
reply to post by Elemensa

Im British and apart from the odd person who usually doesn't know much about the war to begin with.Ive never came across anyone with such views.Takes all sorts though i guess.

posted on May, 25 2009 @ 10:03 AM
I don't know what you are talkin' 'bout.
There ain't no patriotism here in Germany.
And believe me i miss this attitude here.
I would like to have more patriotism here.
The people now aren't the same as 60 years ago
Now it needs more before they go on the streets.
The french-people a far ahead of us with this issue.
We have patriotism, but only when its about sports
Olympic Games/Soccer etc. and thats all!

posted on May, 25 2009 @ 06:00 PM
I don't think it would be a problem there unless people become too patriotic... and stuff happens.

The reason why Hitler happened wasn't just because of patriotism. It was because a combination of things. They didn't closely examine Hitler's policies. Hitler's economic policy was protectionism... and many of the people agreed with Hitler that they could only solve their problems if they go to war.

I don't mind patriotism returning to Germany. That would be a good thing. Just as long as they don't get too over patriotic.

posted on May, 25 2009 @ 06:15 PM
And i am happy for them!..i remember being a child and watching the wall being pulled down and all the people celebrating..not many images made such a big and emotional impact on me(specially for being 9 back then!)...i guess their patriotism is comparable with the Dutch ,during a football match...the country unites, and for the Germans being quiet successful in that game,i quess they're pretty patriotic

posted on May, 25 2009 @ 06:45 PM
I have no problem with German patriotism returning, I have no problem with any countries citizens being patriotic..

from reading this post so far I have noticed that the general concensus is "no problem"

I do wonder then why there seems to be such a different feeling towards "American Patriotism"

posted on May, 25 2009 @ 07:13 PM
reply to post by xpert11

Problem being that so is fascist leanings. Coming back I mean.

Beneath a leaden sky the solemn, black-clad crowd moves slowly towards a modest grey headstone. At one end of the grave, a flame casts light on the black lettering that is engraved on the marble. At the other end, an elderly soldier bends down to place flowers before standing to salute.

From all over Austria, people are here to pay their respects to their fallen hero. But the solemnity of the occasion is cut with tension. Beyond the crowd of about 300, armed police are in attendance. They keep a respectful distance but the rasping bark of Alsatians hidden in vans provides an eerie soundtrack as the crowd congregates in mist and light rain.

We’ve been warned that despite a heavy police presence journalists have often been attacked at these meetings. If trouble does come then the mob look ready to fight. There are bull-necked stewards and young men who swagger aggressively.

This is a neo-Nazi gathering and in the crowd are some of Austria’s most hard-faced fascists. Among them is Gottfried Kussel, a notorious thug who was the showman of Austria’s far-right movement in the Eighties and Nineties until he was imprisoned for eight years for promoting Nazi ideology.

Today he cuts a Don Corleone figure as he stands defiantly at the graveside. His neo-Nazi acolytes make sure no one comes near him and our photographer is unceremoniously barged out of his way.

Ominous-looking men with scars across their faces whisper to each other and shake hands. These are members of Austria’s Burschenschaften, an arcane, secretive organisation best known for its fascination with fencing, an initiation ceremony that includes a duel in which the opponents cut each other’s faces, and for its strong links to the far right.

Incredibly, standing shoulder to shoulder with these hard-line Nazi sympathisers are well known Austrian politicians. At the graveside, a speech is made by Lutz Weinzinger, a leading member of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPO), who pays tribute to the fallen.

This is a gathering in memory of an Austrian-born Nazi fighter pilot, who during WWII shot down 258 planes, 255 of them Russian. Such was Major Walter Nowotny’s standing at the time of his death in 1944 that the Nazi Party awarded him a grave of honour in Vienna’s largest cemetery, close to the musical legends Mozart, Brahms and Strauss.

But in 2005 that honour was revoked and his body moved to lie in an area of public graves. The decision infuriated the far right and made their annual pilgrimage an even greater event.

Today, the anniversary of Nowotny’s death, also coincides with Kristallnacht, the ‘night of broken glass’ in 1938 when 92 people were murdered and thousands attacked across Germany as stormtroopers set upon Jews in an outpouring of Nazi violence.

Some 70 years on from that infamous pogrom, the world faces a similar financial crisis to the one that precipitated the rise of Hitler and, in chilling echoes of Thirties Europe, support for far-right groups is exploding. Hitler’s birthplace has become the focus for neo-Nazis across the world.

And so I have come to Austria to investigate how Fascism and extremism are moving, unchecked, into the forefront of its society.

Last September, Austria’s far right gained massive political influence in an election that saw the FPO along with another far right party – Alliance For The Future (BZO) – gain 29 per cent of the vote, the same share as Austria’s main party, the Social Democrats. The election stirred up terrifying memories of the rise of the Nazi Party in the Thirties.

And just as the Nazis gained power on the back of extreme nationalism and virulent anti-Semitism, the recent unprecedented gains in Austria were made on a platform of fear about immigration and the perceived threat of Islam. FPO leader Heinz Christian Strache, for example, described women in Islamic dress as ‘female ninjas’.

Emboldened by the new power in parliament, neo-Nazi thugs have desecrated Muslim graves. Recently, in Hitler’s home town of Braunau, a swastika flag was publicly unveiled.

posted on May, 26 2009 @ 04:14 AM
An interesting variety of opinions is on offer . I am going to pose a few questions to the contributors on this thread .

D0MiNAT0R 1OOO do you think that eventually Germany will become as patriotic as France ?

Frankidealist35 would you say that a politician claiming that if you don't support them you are unpatriotic is patriotism gone to far ?
Otherwise how would you define patriotism as going to far ?

Watcher-In-The-Shadows would say that if Patriotism was removed the world over racism and the ideas connected to it would go away for good ?

posted on May, 26 2009 @ 06:50 AM

Originally posted by Elemensa
As children we're told of how the "german bastards bombed london to bits" and how our ancestors died trying to keep the Nazi scum from our borders.

"We" are?

Could've fooled me. Never been told such a thing at all. I have learnt about the war in great detail, but its never been phrased that way.

No animosity to anyone German here as far as I'm concerned.

posted on May, 26 2009 @ 06:55 AM
reply to post by Elemensa

Britain is hardly anyone to talk. Britain had concentration camps in africa long before ww2, in the 19th century. Britains crimes are so great, but because it is uk, and we speak english in the west the uk's crimes are all forgotten.

Ireland should never forget the crimes and so should india and africa never forget what uk did to them.

So no one in uk can ever talk about germany.

posted on May, 26 2009 @ 07:28 AM
Nothing wrong with patriotism and pride in one's home nation. Time to move on past WWII and look toward the future. Right now the future of Germany and Europe in general is at great risk of disappearing in the next 50 years.

The sheer volume of people seeking asylum by immigrating to Germany and other European nations is staggering. The European birthrates are far lower than that of those immigrating into the area and naturally the native population is aging.

Patriotism is at risk of becoming extremism when the natural born citizens begin to feel threatened by the masses that are flooding their countries.

But for many of the new destination countries in Europe, the transformation has been profound and sudden. Take Greece, for example: Until 20 years ago, the country was one of the most ethnically homogenous in Europe, with as much as 98 percent of the population identified as Greek. But after a 15-year immigration boom, one out of every ten residents in Greece -- and almost one in five in the center of Athens – is now foreign born. The vast majority came from neighboring Albania, but there are growing numbers of West Africans, Chinese, Pakistanis and Arabs too, and almost all are illegal residents. Likewise in Italy, over the last 20 years the number of foreign-born legal residents has grown from around 300,000 to more than 2 million. In Spain, which has received waves of immigrants from North Africa, there are some 4 million legal and illegal newcomers, combined making up about 10 percent of the population.

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 05:45 AM
reply to post by jibeho

Good article .
I can understand how extremist groups would use peoples concerns about migrants assimilating(SP?) into society to suit there agenda . I share the concern as well as a dislike of extremist groups . Certainly things have changed a lot since my late Grandfather came to New Zealand and made his kids only speak English at home . That's about all I can think of that would be on topic .

Cheers xpert11 .

posted on May, 29 2009 @ 10:58 PM

Originally posted by andy1033
reply to post by Elemensa

Britain is hardly anyone to talk. Britain had concentration camps in africa long before ww2, in the 19th century. Britains crimes are so great, but because it is uk, and we speak english in the west the uk's crimes are all forgotten.

Ireland should never forget the crimes and so should india and africa never forget what uk did to them.

So no one in uk can ever talk about germany.

Very provocative does that applying your logic mean that modern day Israelis cant go on about the holocaust because of the war crimes committed against arab civilians for the last sixty years or so?

Every nation is capable of mass murder only a racist thinks otherwise.

War is a crime, only those who have never been there think otherwise.

Germans lost the war, Russia won it , but stalin killed many more civilians than Hitler.

posted on May, 30 2009 @ 06:03 AM
reply to post by xpert11

I'm not soo sure it would. Our "leaders" seek out any division they can find and exploit to gain control of a group. It's the easiest way since a group with a real or percieved enemy is easier to control.

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