Posted in History by Steven Hayward
A long feature article about Churchill's determination to defeat Hitler
appears in the current issue of Der Spiegel
, Germany's version of Time
magazine. It is standard stuff to, say, any Ashbrook scholar, but is probably not very familiar to an entire generation of Germans. My (limited) experience with Germans is that they have only the most superficial knowledge of their 20th century history, beyond knowing, like Americans and race relations, that they must express guilt for what took place, while avoiding prolonged study of the matter. Mel Brooks' joke in the original film version of The Producers
, where the director says after reviewing the script of "Springtime for Hitler"--"I didn't realize the Third Reich mean Germany!"--
might not be such an obvious joke some day.
12:22 PM / August 22, 2010
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The Germans have a sense of humor, but they tend to laugh in the wrong places.