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one of the most advanced countries in the world

“We need to change our image of the old militaristic Germany.”

Germany before the world wars and the rise of the Nazis “was one of the most advanced countries in the world, and certainly no less democratic than Britain. Its workers were better treated than any on the Continent, with sickness insurance and old age pensions, and its trade unions were the strongest in Europe.”

Just about everyone could read.

“A country of readers with a 99 per cent literacy rate, it was also the land of Thomas Mann and Richard Strauss.”

And it was a land of opportunity, according to Dominic Sandbrook of The Times, reviewing a book by a young native German named Katja Hoyer who lives in England. It is her first book. Ambitious!

“If you were Jewish in the year 1900, there were few more welcoming places than Germany. And if you were born poor, few countries on Earth promised you a better future.”

I have always been wary of the obsession among some Americans, particularly the diplomat class, of “Prussian militarism” and the need to break up the territories in the East known as Prussia. American policy resulted in continued human suffering after the Second World War, including the expulsion of so many civilians from what had long been established as German communities and the emerging dominance of the Soviet Empire on Eastern Europe.

It was a diplomatic disaster. By the so-called experts.


Many Germans feel abandoned by their government

ɢᴇʀᴍᴀɴꜱ ᴏᴘᴛ ꜰᴏʀ ᴘᴏʟɪꜱʜ
ᴀꜱ ᴀ ꜱᴇᴄᴏɴᴅ ʟᴀɴɢᴜᴀɢᴇ
ᴏᴠᴇʀ ꜰʀᴇɴᴄʜ ᴀɴᴅ ꜱᴘᴀɴɪꜱʜ

Their is a sense of neglect from ʙᴇʀʟɪɴ. That and ᴘᴏʟᴀɴᴅ’s rapid economic rise are fueling the shift.

It’s part of a deeper shift taking hold in a part of ɢᴇʀᴍᴀɴʏ where decades of slow economic development have pushed those with means to seek a new future far from their homes, leaving behind an aging population in ever more desolate villages and towns.”

“Many here feel the federal government in Berlin has abandoned them, but now, their gaze is turning to the east.

Remember Donald Rumsfeld and what he said years ago?

“I was ambassador to ɴᴀᴛᴏ… When we would go in and make a proposal, there wouldn’t be unanimity. There wouldn’t even be understanding… You’re thinking of ᴇᴜʀᴏᴘᴇ as Germany and France. I think that’s ᴏʟᴅ ᴇᴜʀᴏᴘᴇ. …the center of gravity is shifting to the east.”

Despite being mocked and ridiculed by many in the news media, and the political and military establishment, he was right.

“Once a source of cheap, unskilled labor and affordable cigarettes, Poland has developed into ᴇᴀꜱᴛᴇʀɴ ᴇᴜʀᴏᴘᴇ’s economic powerhouse… Now, more and more eastern ɢᴇʀᴍᴀɴꜱ are betting on Poland as their hope for a brighter future…”