Tuesday, 19 May, 2009 Current Events

Germans Feel More Proud of Being Germans, Leaving Nazi Past Behind


According to a new study, Germans finally have fallen in love with their country and believe they should be proud of it.

It is worth mentioning that Germany is getting ready to commemorate 20 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Besides, people in Germany will celebrate 60 years since the post-war Republic was founded, which replaced the Third Reich.

The research was made by the specialists from the Identity Foundation in Duesseldorf. It says today 73 percent of Germans are proud to be Germans, which is about twice the figure registered 8 years ago.

The dirtiest word of all Germans, for more than 60 years, since 1945, has been "nationalism". However, it seems that the time has come for Germans to leave the atonement for the Nazis far behind, especially considering the fact that it is currently one of the biggest European economies. Germans are not ashamed of the black, red and gold colors of their flag. Some politicians even proposed bringing back a bravery medal such as the Iron Cross. In addition, the Nazi past is now judged not as a disgraceful part of history, instead the Germans started treating it as a historically interesting event, reports Daily Mail.

An increasing number of people visit Hitler's old apartment, located in Munich, the site of his bunker, as well as his mountainside retreat found in Bavaria. With shame left behind, Germans started paying more attention to their rich history, with sales of books about Prussia, the Middle Ages and the Holy Roman Empire registering a significant increase.

Today, according to the results of the survey, Germans feel proud to be part of a nation that throughout history could boast talented poets and philosophers such as Goethe and Schiller. However, despite the fact that Germans feel more confident today, they are still somewhat nervous about loosening military muscle.

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