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Sentimental Germany

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everyone's suddenly talking about revanchism (especially re: Silesia in Poland)

Schneider, P. (None). Sentimental Germany. In Schneider, P. The German Comedy: Scenes of Life After the Wall. , pp. 42-65

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The Poles are pushed to such degrading convolutions as a result of the German immigration regulations [...] the Pole who presents his father's or his grandfather's National Socialist German Worker's Party card acquires all the privileges of a German citizen, while a compatriot whose father or grandfather died in the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi barbarians has no case for asylum.

It is scandalous that even today the authorities allow themselves to be guided by the Nazis' passion for Germanity. Such an immigration policy is simply another form of Aryanism--how else can one understand the ranking of petitioners according to their degree of "Germanness"? [...]

based on the People's Register, established by the Nazis in 1939 primarily for conscripting Poles into the German army

—p.45 by Peter Schneider 3 years, 1 month ago

The Poles are pushed to such degrading convolutions as a result of the German immigration regulations [...] the Pole who presents his father's or his grandfather's National Socialist German Worker's Party card acquires all the privileges of a German citizen, while a compatriot whose father or grandfather died in the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi barbarians has no case for asylum.

It is scandalous that even today the authorities allow themselves to be guided by the Nazis' passion for Germanity. Such an immigration policy is simply another form of Aryanism--how else can one understand the ranking of petitioners according to their degree of "Germanness"? [...]

based on the People's Register, established by the Nazis in 1939 primarily for conscripting Poles into the German army

—p.45 by Peter Schneider 3 years, 1 month ago
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[...] The couple owned a lake house in Berlin-Friedrichshagen, as well as a sailboat and even a surfboard; they owed their prosperity to a private glassworks. The two had waited years to be allowed to emigrate, and had finally arrived in West Berlin just before November 9. [...] it was all for nothing--the years of waiting, the arguments for and against, the crucial decision to leave and the pain of abandoning their house. Only one thing was certain: the man--now working as a window-washer in the West--would never even begin to approach his former standard of living. [...]

—p.47 by Peter Schneider 3 years, 1 month ago

[...] The couple owned a lake house in Berlin-Friedrichshagen, as well as a sailboat and even a surfboard; they owed their prosperity to a private glassworks. The two had waited years to be allowed to emigrate, and had finally arrived in West Berlin just before November 9. [...] it was all for nothing--the years of waiting, the arguments for and against, the crucial decision to leave and the pain of abandoning their house. Only one thing was certain: the man--now working as a window-washer in the West--would never even begin to approach his former standard of living. [...]

—p.47 by Peter Schneider 3 years, 1 month ago

(noun) revenge / (noun) a usually political policy designed to recover lost territory or status

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the West's self-satisfied, ideologically motivated revanchism

referring the Republikaner, a xenophobic right-wing party

—p.51 by Peter Schneider
confirm
3 years, 1 month ago

the West's self-satisfied, ideologically motivated revanchism

referring the Republikaner, a xenophobic right-wing party

—p.51 by Peter Schneider
confirm
3 years, 1 month ago

a group of about twenty-five German dissidents led by Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, who met at his estate in the rural town of Kreisau, Silesia; the group began to falter after Helmuth von Moltke was arrested by the Gestapo in January 1944 and eventually came to an end when most of its members were arrested following Claus von Stauffenberg’s attempt on Hitler’s life on July 19, 1944

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he visits the estate

—p.54 by Peter Schneider
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3 years, 1 month ago

he visits the estate

—p.54 by Peter Schneider
notable
3 years, 1 month ago

(noun) a vote by which the people of an entire country or district express an opinion for or against a proposal especially on a choice of government or ruler

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for those Germans who died fighting the Poles during the plebiscite-related uprisings of 1920-1921

—p.55 by Peter Schneider
uncertain
3 years, 1 month ago

for those Germans who died fighting the Poles during the plebiscite-related uprisings of 1920-1921

—p.55 by Peter Schneider
uncertain
3 years, 1 month ago

(noun) revenge / (noun) a usually political policy designed to recover lost territory or status

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Adjusting borders, revanchist schemes--he has no interest in such things

—p.56 by Peter Schneider
notable
3 years, 1 month ago

Adjusting borders, revanchist schemes--he has no interest in such things

—p.56 by Peter Schneider
notable
3 years, 1 month ago
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[...] And in Upper Silesia? Are revanchist elements still active there? At this, the pastor shakes his head and prefers not to commit himself. "In a new Europe," he says cautiously, letting his gaze rise to met the distant future, "we will have to do away with the existing borders through economic and cultural exchange, and not draw new ones."

well said

—p.58 by Peter Schneider 3 years, 1 month ago

[...] And in Upper Silesia? Are revanchist elements still active there? At this, the pastor shakes his head and prefers not to commit himself. "In a new Europe," he says cautiously, letting his gaze rise to met the distant future, "we will have to do away with the existing borders through economic and cultural exchange, and not draw new ones."

well said

—p.58 by Peter Schneider 3 years, 1 month ago