I think a lot of Poles like Russians and Russian culture
- I myself do not think so. During communism, yes, there was such a massive pro-Russian propaganda in the Russian-ruled 'Polish People's Republic' and certainly many communists were Russophiles. But the vast majority of Poles, including Polish intelligentsia, had no interest whatsoever in Pushkin, Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky, Eisenstein, and the rest of the bunch. And the Russian language, compulsory in schools, was hated and derided. And today our attitude towards things Russian appears even worse - total indifference, I would think.
As for the Germans, I don't think we are really afraid of them and admire them. We definitely do not like them and look suspiciously at them - and for good reasons.
Do you, cyg, like Russians and Russian culture, and fear and admire the Germans?
PS. In the past there was some interest in Dostoyevsky - partly due to snobism (Sartre liked him!), and partly, perhaps, due to his Polish extraction (he himself denied frantically that he was of Polish origin :)).
There's a nation that, I think, should not be missing on General's list: the Portugese. Based on my own personal encounters, I regard them as nice gentle hospitable people, not Polonophobic at all. They're missing on the list perhaps because Polish-Portugese relations used to be limited in the past (the Cold War, etc.).
Yes, I always find the Greeks a funny lot with a bit of a 'chip on their shoulders'
- The Polonophobic oinky pretending-to-be-English is Greekophobic too!
- Both number one with me, Puzzler (I don't know Scots and Welsh well enough, so sorry for skipping them for the time being).