- September 23, 2003 at 12:00 am #10482
Cody31991ParticipantOctober 18, 2003 at 12:00 am #27177
I am Jewish, and I don’t have any tension with Germans or any other nationality. World War II is over, and there aren’t very many Jews in Germany, so I don’t think the Germans would do anything to us in the near future.
User Detail :Name : Emily-D, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Jewish, City : Annandale, State : VA Country : United States, Social class : Upper middle class, February 3, 2004 at 12:00 am #37560
Yes, and in many cases, it’s more than ‘somewhat’. The reason is that the Holocaust was very recent for most of us. My grandmother, for instance, lost ALL her family in the Holocaust. She was the sole survivor. Thanks to this, I exist. The germans did not consider german jews to be germans, even though many gave their lives for germany in World War I. That ungratefulness hurt. Therefore, today there are many jews, including german-born, that will not buy german products for example or have anything to do with germany. Anyhow, I know that today’s generations of germans have nothing to do with the stupidity that swept the nation decades ago, but many more decades must pass before the wounds totally heal.
User Detail :Name : Denise-K, Gender : F, Race : Hispanic/Latino (may be any race), Religion : Jewish, Age : 15, City : Caracas, State : NA Country : Venezuela, Occupation : student, Education level : Less than High School Diploma, Social class : Upper middle class, February 6, 2004 at 12:00 am #29141
I can’t generalize, but I certainly don’t have any tension with Germans (I presume regarding the Holocaust). I’ve met many german jews, and of course that’s not an issue there. And I’ve met plenty of non-jewish Germans, and of the ones I talked about such things with (certainly not an everyday occurrance) if anything they seemed to be quite well educated about what happened and to feel a bit guilty about the whole thing, as much as people can feel guilty about the previous generation’s behavior.
User Detail :Name : LP, Gender : M, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Jewish, Age : 40, City : New Yor, State : NY Country : United States, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, February 13, 2004 at 12:00 am #15182
Keep in mind that many Jewish folk persecuted in Hitler’s regime *were* German — take Einstein, who was always more comfortable speaking in his native German.
User Detail :Name : Michael20689, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : bi-curious (mostly straight), Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Agnostic, Age : 20, City : Livingston, State : LA Country : United States, Occupation : undergrad, Education level : 2 Years of College, February 13, 2004 at 12:00 am #40154
As a Jew, I do not have anything against Germans per se, but have absolutely zero interest in going to Germany. It’s just a creepy feeling I get. But I personally do not feel any tension with Germans.
User Detail :Name : Robin29586, Religion : Jewish, City : Boston, State : MA Country : United States, February 17, 2004 at 12:00 am #36853
I hope that one day a people won’t have to pay for the past crimes of one group, but there are still many Jews that harbor mistrust and hatred for Germans, my mother is one of them. We have had many discussions on the subject and I feel that even after such as terrible crime as the Holicaust it is better to let go of hatred. What should come out of it is a renewed vigilance against all forms of racism. However I am another generation removed from those who suffered during that time. For that reason I have patience with my mother and grandparent’s negative views towards Germans despite my personal feelings. I understand that for them the tragedy is much too close and it is easy to give into hatred.
User Detail :Name : Coolcat32019, City : Toronna, State : NA Country : Canada, April 23, 2004 at 12:00 am #35979
I lived in Wuerzburg Germany for 3 years, and traveled extensively in Bavaria. I met quite a few of them, and most of them accepted me warmly. Sometimes, the acceptance was simply because I was an American, other times because they simply seemed to like me. And then there were others who didn’t like me at all simply because I was an American. The younger Germans (35 years or younger) still talked about the Holocaust and were apologetic for the role their elders played in it. On the other hand, the Neo-Nazi party in Germany has a problem with all Foreigners, which means anyone who is not German. They are to be found more in Northern Germany in cities like Berlin. I was a little nervous about moving there because of the unknown and becuase I didn’t speak German, but they made me feel welcome quickly. The had German-American fests and walks so that the two cultures could learn from each other. And by the way – German food is some of the best I’ve ever tasted in the world!
User Detail :Name : Mike Urciolo, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Age : 56, City : Naples, State : NA Country : Italy, Occupation : Communications Tech, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, September 7, 2004 at 12:00 am #26474
My family is Jewish, and on one side of my family my grandfather actually fought in World War II. The other side of my family lived in the Warsaw ghetto and escaped Poland only weeks before Nazi troops invaded their home. Jews of my generation and my parents’ generation have no hatred toward Germans now; the KKK are much closer to home. However, i can say that my grandfather and my Jewish friends’ grandfathers probably wouldn’t buy a German vehicle.
User Detail :Name : Eli25299, Gender : M, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Jewish, Age : 17, City : Chicago, State : IL Country : United States, Social class : Upper class, September 15, 2004 at 12:00 am #26036
Interestingly, Israel has excellent trade relations with Germany. Germany has taken many actions to repair the damages from the holocaust, and both countries recognize a good trade partner when they see one.
User Detail :Name : Jeff31192, City : Hartford, State : CT Country : United States, September 16, 2004 at 12:00 am #31261
this is obviously a question that can only be answered in generalities and everyone has their own opinion on this one. i can’t stand to hear the german language because it brings up such a strong connection for me to the nazis. on of my dearest friends is german and lives in munich. we had a long talk about this one night and it was quite enlightening. germans of my generation feel a lot of shame related to the nazis. however there is still a strong feeling of anti-semitism that still exists, obviously nothing that would rise to the level of nazism. so, i would answer your question with a yes. we’ll never forget what happpened, but hopefully in time we’ll forgive and then ultimately seperate the horrors the nazis committed from the current generations that had nothing to do with it.
User Detail :Name : funlab, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Jewish, Age : 40, City : Chicago, State : IL Country : United States, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class, January 28, 2005 at 12:00 am #26920
My Grandmother who was liberated from Aushwitz has resentment toward Germany, but not towards Germans in general. The fact that Germany has supported Israel since the end of WWII has won it many points in the eyes of the Jewish community. As for Jews who where not victims of the Holocaust (or their decendants/relatives), I have never seen then have any problems getting along with Germans. I know that I don’t have any tension when talking with Germans.
User Detail :Name : Eric, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Jewish, Age : 17, City : Denver, State : CO Country : United States, Education level : Less than High School Diploma, Social class : Upper middle class,
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