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What do people think about German people in Poland?


susa82 2 | 7
14 Jul 2023 #1
BAD AND GOOD EXPERIENCES, ME ALMOST BAD , you can express about your personal feelings according to your experiences or other, Me i'm italian and the racism is still alive , lpeople who say is a new country with a different mentality from the past they say lies , i experienced bad behavior from them towards me , bad people in general and very few good people
Cargo pants 3 | 1,637
14 Jul 2023 #2
AH,what happened?post your exp.
Lyzko 45 | 9,281
14 Jul 2023 #3
Well, while I've encountered only some German tourists while visiting Szczecin (Stettin) many years ago, I cannot say for certain whether or not they are as you claim, susa82.

Often, nationalities abroad are not the same at home. When in France some time back, oh, during the end of the mid-2000's, I had numerous encounters with German travelers and found them, in comparison with my fellow Americans, far more linguistically adept in French than I and usually quite knowledgible about France.

The one detail though which I do recall, was in Spain in the late '90's. While on a business trip to Madrid, I remember a group of German-speaking visitors in the dining room of my hotel. Being that we both spoke the same language, naturally, I got into a pleasant conversation about travel, tourism etc., innocuous topics, to say the least. I then asked how well they knew Spanish, only to receive an odd look from the tour leader, who responded that the others only used English while on their trip, not German, not Spanish!

I found that strange, I must confess.
Pawloff
14 Jul 2023 #4
Me i'm italian and the racism is still alive ,

I'd bet you're Turkish and not Italian.
Bratwurst Boy 11 | 11,810
15 Jul 2023 #5
Yeah.... I have to wonder about that too....usually we Germans LOVE our Italians....and Italy for the holidays....and italian food....and italian pop music....and the italian language...and and and....! :)
Whatever1410
15 Jul 2023 #6
Have had bad encounter with German tourists only in Greece, one German girl made me flashback to German atrocities from ww2 movie by yelling: "Schneller". (It was a playground, I was a kid pushing a semi-merry go around for her)

Other time it was a family being mad at me and my family for removing towels from seats in the morning near the swimming pool (there were signs explicitly stating that reserving seats that way was not allowed). I understood it being a German norm or something, we saw it as them being arrogant.

Law is the law after all, seeing that most laws in Poland were influenced by German law and German law school. It only infuriates even further.

Then there was this hot German girl that paid no attention to me but, was more interested in other boys and skinny pale English boys with orange hair.

So yeah, don't have much good to say about German tourists in general (but, it is in the category of "meh" and "minor annoyances". Nothing to get really pissed off about)

German in tourists in Poland tho? Not much experience, so happy to read others posts
Alien 18 | 4,772
15 Jul 2023 #7
was a family being mad at me and my family for removing towels from seats in the morning near the swimming pool

This towel conflict is mainly between German and English tourists and is as old as time.
Paulina 16 | 4,208
15 Jul 2023 #8
and the racism is still alive

What do you mean?

This towel conflict is mainly between German and English tourists and is as old as time.

This is so true lol I remember some Englishmen complaining to me about this ;D

towelwar

German in tourists in Poland tho? Not much experience, so happy to read others posts

When I was a little kid and we were on holiday at the Baltic seaside in Poland a German kid stole my shovel for playing in the sand at the beach and my mother had to take it up with the kid's parents so I could get it back ;D I've also seen groups of elderly German tourists on Ostrów Tumski in Wrocław and that's about it, I think :P 🤔
Bratwurst Boy 11 | 11,810
15 Jul 2023 #9
This is so true

Absolutely!

Such a towel-positioning is a serious matter.....removing it is like a declaration of war!!! :)
Feniks
15 Jul 2023 #10
This towel conflict is mainly between German and English tourists and is as old as time.

It certainly is although I don't have personal experience of it.

removing it is like a declaration of war!!! :)

Sunbed wars!!
mafketis 36 | 10,800
15 Jul 2023 #11
a towel-positioning is a serious matter.....removing it is like a declaration of war!!! :)

In a couple of hotels I've seen notices that guests aren't supposed to leave towels on chairs they're not using...
Ironside 53 | 12,462
15 Jul 2023 #13
When I was a kid at my greatmother's,there were group of visiting germans or passing by, don't remember now.
There were like me, my gran, somebody and somebody standing and talking. Upon hearing german language one person just said bye and left, my gran said to the other somebody - see how he went pale, he bludbat of his dorf while he was a child.

I guess even random sound of german speak made him traumatized even 30 plus years after the war.
Bratwurst Boy 11 | 11,810
15 Jul 2023 #15
Such accounts are always haunting....

I read in the german news about that polish hero that recently died with 109 years (HUNDREDNINE!!!). Born at WW1...fighted during WW2...made it through the Warsaw Uprising....what a life! I can't imagine living through what he had...RIP
Lyzko 45 | 9,281
15 Jul 2023 #16
Again, nearly everybody has had some type of cross-cultural run in with some majority tourist group, at least once in their travels.

There's the "ugly American", the ever present Japanese shutterbug of yore, the "arrogant, opinionated German" ad infinitum, ad nauseum!

I've found the latter a stereotype, quite apart from any Germans I've encountered abroad...and that's been quite a number, I can tell you:-)
mafketis 36 | 10,800
15 Jul 2023 #17
Germanophobia!!! I tell ya.....

Trying to reserve places with towels aside.... if I had a choice between a hotel that mainly caters to middle-aged Germans or mainly caters to middle-aged Brits.... I'd go for the German one.... generally quieter and better dressed (and the food will be better since Germans are a bit more demanding in that department).

I know a few Polish people who say the same thing...
Lenka 5 | 3,401
15 Jul 2023 #18
I'd go for the German one....

Same here.

But then I think I start to have a million case of Germanophilia.
Lyzko 45 | 9,281
16 Jul 2023 #19
Germanophobia's just as bad.
Lyzko 45 | 9,281
20 Jul 2023 #20
Before this discussion closes, I wanted to add that often times Germans are deemed overly perfectionist when visiting certain countries and may appear permanently dissatisfied with the respective level of service, cleanliness or punctuality.

Having lived among Germans, both abroad as well as here at home for many years, I can confirm that Germans are frequently shocked and disappointed when confronted with such charactarizations, claiming to the contrary that they never seek to come across as either mean or cruel. Instead, they honestly believe it is their duty to point imperfections out to someone, in fact, doing them a favor by allowing them to improve and measure up to German standards:-)

This has been my experience.
Miloslaw 19 | 4,743
20 Jul 2023 #21
For me, the main thing Germans need to tackle is their Nazi Guilt.They need to get over that and understand that they are one of the most important countries in Europe and do the the same as Poland and increase their military.
Novichok 5 | 7,768
21 Jul 2023 #22
...send Americans home and get out of NATO. They really don't need it and with the money saved can do so many good things for their Muslim community.
johnny reb 47 | 7,049
21 Jul 2023 #23
They need to start drinking more water from the water pipes and quit drinking sparkling water from plastic bottles.
They don't drink enough water.
Why they call the water from the pipes 'sewer water' is baffling as it is clean, tastes good and the price is right.
Ironside 53 | 12,462
21 Jul 2023 #24
to tackle is their Nazi Guilt

What are you talking about?
Lyzko 45 | 9,281
21 Jul 2023 #25
Milo means that they have to finally overcome their misgivings about their Nazi past. I lived in Germany, roughly from '87 on and off up through the beginning of 2000, taking business trips as well as attending academic conferences, and the bulk of the enlightened population do indeed acknowledge some degree of recrimination concerning the Third Reich. Perhaps not among your circle of acquaintances, Ironside, but I can handily confirm it as a fact.

In theory, I'd tend to agree. However in reality, far easier said than done.


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