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2010-04-08 02:57:16
And here I was thinking "The Student Prince"
2010-04-07 17:50:57
P.S.: There's a passage about all of this (and the German language) in "A Tramp Abroad". Very funny!
2010-04-07 17:40:48
They still exist, believe it or not. Fortunately, nowadays very few are proud of a "Schmiss", though. (A Schmiss is a scar in the face they got in those fights.) But the Burschenschaften are bad enough. Right wing, conservative, alcoholic chauvinistic student clubs.
2010-04-07 16:19:15
By the way, my great-uncle by marriage was a real Prussian soldier. He showed me a photo of himself in his officer's uniform with his horse. He wore a Prussian 'peak' helmet, holding while gloves in his hands. On a scale of 1-10 for handsome, he was 11. I, a young infatuated girl, instantly fell in love with that handsome Calvary Officer. He was 101 years old when he showed me that photo; he was still a handsome man who looked more like 80, and he still had a brilliant mind.
2010-04-07 16:10:03
I don't think that racism ALWAYS equates ignorance and lack of education. But, studies do indicate that they USUALLY go hand in hand. Usually, the more we are educated and exposed to different cultures, the less we are racist. In 1888, the only people who dueled (if it was still going on at that time) were the aristocrats from France, England, Germany etc. They all believed that they were superior to all others...most certainly far superior to the great 'unwashed'. The Prussian aristocrats were a class of their own - they were warriors and very militaristic. The Kaiser had that mentality; he was hungry for war. As for the SS, they were not the only ones who were educated and yet feared the Jews and blamed them for all their problems. Germany was going through a depression. Whenever countries or individuals are going through tough times, they need to blame someone for their problems. That happens all over the world. The German people were ready to hear their 'messiah' tell them the Jews were to blame for all their problems. Never mind that they brought on WWI and therefore were left with huge debts to pay back to the other side. The truth was not to be born. So, decency, intelligence, education, humanity, truth - it all went out the window.
2010-04-07 14:31:41
Oh that it wre so simple..but these Prussians, aristocrats and racists to the marrow of their bones, were among the educated elite of Europe in their day. Almost a third of Hitler's SS officers, among the most virulent racists in human history, had graduate degrees.
2010-04-07 14:10:48
Racism = ignorance, lack of education
2010-04-07 09:56:33
Now now Schnuckypus - maybe it's a simple typing error and/or maybe Matt Gloss is not American. (Europeans, sigh...) Much ado about nothing ;-)
2010-04-07 08:48:41
It's HeidelBERG, darling! (Americans, sigh...) ;o)