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Wlodzimierz 4 | 544
1 Oct 2013 #271
A sort of internal occupation in the East, to some degree though, wasn't it? The GRD was "occupied" after '89 by the BRD's capitalism.
TheOther 6 | 3,692
1 Oct 2013 #272
many Germans still cannot quite shake that admitted stereotype of the Pole

I believe in many places, the stereotype of the Polish car thief has long been replaced by the picture of Turkish thugs. Don't forget that the generation which can remember life in Silesia, Pomerania and East Prussia has almost died out, and most of their children don't believe that old nonsense anyway.

The GRD was "occupied" after '89 by the BRD's capitalism.

Well, they asked for it, didn't they?
Palivec - | 380
1 Oct 2013 #273
"It's GERMAN engineering......" thanks, at least in large part during WWII, to JEWISH slave labor:-)))))

Looks like Anti-German sentiment is also still alive and well in Poland...
Wlodzimierz 4 | 544
2 Oct 2013 #274
No, Palivec, not anti-German, just anti-falsifying history!!! After all, let's give credit where credit is due:-)
Crow 160 | 10,261
3 Oct 2013 #275
key German problem is complex. Germans are just Germanized Poles and when they encounter those who are still Poles, they just go crazy
CDuda 1 | 1
20 Jun 2017 #276

Anti-Polish sentiment still present in Germany?

I had a german exchange student a few years back claim that Poland was "full of thieves", his reasoning was that he lost a soccer ball there or something like that, so basically an explanation that made no sense.

I responded by telling him I was polish, it was funny to make him flustered and try and come up with a response to that. When I stayed with his family his parents were interested in what part of Poland my family was from and I had no feelings that they didn't like Poles, but I've never forgotten that comment.

His girlfriend at the time was also half Polish so I'm not sure how serious he was.

Is this kind of thinking still present there?
Lyzko 37 | 8,541
20 Jun 2017 #277
A controversial issue, Duda! To be sure, there will likely always be lingering prejudice against Poles, particularly amonst older Germans, that, those who either survived the Nazi era or who grew up immediately after the war and whose memory of Poles is that of farm hands or simple manual laborers who were taken to Germany, impregnated German women, and typically (a la Mexicans here in the States) never learned to speak German well:-) As here in the States, they are often the butt of unkind jokes.

Ask a German about the Poles, and indeed, you're likely not to hear much positive, unfortunately. Although times DO change, change is slow throughout Europe, in Germany, it seems an eternity!

I can only add that perhaps the Turks are a step below the Poles in common national perception, because again, many Poles are said to have some distant Germanic heritage, and after all, are white, European Christians.
TheOther 6 | 3,692
21 Jun 2017 #278
Is this kind of thinking still present there?

Not unheard of, but quite uncommon. Contrary to what is often claimed here, Poles are actually viewed quite positively in the western parts of Germany and Berlin. Further east: not so much. Cross border crime (mostly break-ins and car theft) in the years following the fall of the Wall gave Poles a really bad reputation over there.
Lyzko 37 | 8,541
21 Jun 2017 #279
I never hinted that it was in any way warranted, other than that I've noticed it a lot on public forums!
NoToForeigners 10 | 1,016
21 Jun 2017 #280
I believe more Poles dislike Germans than the other way around.

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