I agree with Tacitust. getting to know each others the sympathies will rise.
Yes, but instead of talking about the reasons why Germans dislike Poles, you both concentrated on ways of reducing bad emotions between nations. There will be time for that, too, but in the initial phase of the discussion, I think we should look through reasons - if they hold water etc.
So far, you didn`t agree with reason number 1 [historical ], number 2 (sociological) and 3 - [psychological.]Tacitus - Unlikely. If you ask most Germans below a certain age, they are rarely aware e.g. about the former German territories.
Bratwurst Boy - I really don't think you will find many Germans who will say they deem the Poles inferior!
Bratwurst Boy - You can claim reasons 2 and 3 also for Greece (messy, unorganized, badly run etc.). But still many Germans like Greeks nonetheless
Germans should be daily on their knees thanking the Poles and the Russians for not applying the treble damages principle of law
Well,, this is not really the topic of this thread. We are not talking about what Germans should feel but instead what they actually feel about Poles and why.
Oops, this forgetfulness of mine is killing me. When thinking what to write in the thread, I had planned to mention religion but eventually I forgot. Sorry.
So,Reason 6 - Religious
Firstly, when we talk about practiced religious beliefs, Poles are catholics, while most Germans admit to connections with protestantism by tradition. I suppose it may provoke a little distrust or slight suspicion when two denominations meet, let`s not forget that one of most destructive wars in Europe`s history had a religious context.
Even more suspicion might be caused by differences in everyday religious life. While Poles still cling to the Church, take active part in religious ceremonies, etc, most Germans prefer not to be involved in such things. In result, they view Poles as very conservative and tradition-oriented, even on the verge of being sort of narrow-minded.
Also, I must have been sleepy when starting the thread because I probably deleted the part of one of reasons, namelyReason 3 -Economical.
Germans had long cherished the notion of the so called Polnische Wirtschaft, in the sense of a badly run business, with incompetent leadership, lousy planning and poor performance. de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polnische_Wirtschaft_(Stereotyp)
The full version is:Reason 3 -Economical.
Germans had long cherished the notion of the so called Polnische Wirtschaft, in the sense of a badly run business, with incompetent leadership, lousy planning and poor performance. de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polnische_Wirtschaft_(Stereotyp) Besides, Poland has always been poorer than Germany and Germans can see it without leaving their country: Poles` favourite cars are second hand ones, first driven by Germans, Polish second hand clothes outlets sell wear imported from Germany etc etc. Where`s the reason for dislike here? Again, contempt towards your poor relatives might cause suspicion and dislike because you never know what they might do, e.g, come to you and demand part of your weatlh just because it is proper to help the needy..