Friday, 22 November 2013

The Sins Of the Father

'Uber Bad taste' doesn't just extend to golf courses in the USA. Oh not by a long way, because by a strange twist of fate, by using the German term 'Uber' in my last bad taste posting, I almost prefigured the next such story to come along .... from a German Hotel.

Now I have to admit that I am a bit perplexed as to why I don't get more stories out of Germany anyway? They are after all our 'BIG brother' in Europe, and are generally freely putting their weight about with both the French and the US, having it seems finally thrown off their diffidence about WWII.

Strangely, as I recall Mrs Thatcher predicted that German reunification would lead to this Super Germany, and for that reason was not keen on it happening ....

Anyway's, the bad taste story from Germany surrounds the 'Kristall Sauna-Wellness Park hotel' which has been forced to apologise for promoting a "romantic Kristall Nacht evening" for spa-lovers

Romantic Kristall Nacht

.... on the 75th anniversary of 'Kristallnacht' ..... 'Kristallnacht' was of course the name given to the Nazi's attack on Jewish homes and businesses - On the 9/10 November 1938, at least 91 Jews were killed and tens of thousands were arrested and so much broken glass was on the streets that is was described as a 'Crystal Night'

Kristall Nacht 1938

.... The hotel has been forced to apologise and describe it as "insensitive and extremely inappropriate" as an advert but pointed out that they had used the name 'Kristall' in their promotions in the past, without complaints.

Now interestingly, I would see this event in rather a different light .... surely this shows that Germany has moved on so much, that these events are too distant for the current Germans to constantly remember, or recognise, as being their collective historic fault, it being probably their grand-parents who were alive then.

This idea that Germany should be 'punished' forever is nonsense, just as we shouldn't be asked to keep paying for 'colonialism', and its about time that we consigned some events to the history books .... the sins of the father should not be continually visited upon their children.

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