I'm an American, and not hella proud of it latley either (Iraq, Libya, etc). This history books were written by us. They fail to mention Dresden and many other atrocities against Germany,
That made me think of this thread subject; were the Germans really that bad, and dumb like the media has portrayed them?
In the movies the Germans are portrayed as always the bad guys, doing unspeakable things in war. In some cases they are portrayed as the "stupid guys" like Hogans Heros, which as we all know, is ridiculous. In much of the media, the Nazi troops of course kidnap babies and kill little bunny rabbits.
Reality might be somewhat different. A freind of mine who is from former Yugoslavia, told me his Grandfather used to tell him what happend when the Germans rolled into Yugoslavia and occupied it...and them. He said that the Germans were always polite, even helpful, and were the absolute apitamy of the professional soldier. I asked about rape and all that, and he said no way, he said they were in his grandfathers own words "the most professional soldiers he had ever seen". That is when I started to not believe everything the media was teaching us.
Now, I'm not trying to paint the Nazi's or the Wehrmacht as a great welcoming social club, but hasnt the victors of WWII (we Americans) mabye exageratted a bit when describing the Germans in media? I'm not talking about the camps and that horrible scene, (although there is controversey about the numbers of 6 million being jacked way up). But let's for now leave that aside. I'm talking about the common soldiers and to a lesser extent, the SS during normal action, and general occupation. Are the way they are portrayed...mabye over the top?
Hitler too. I mean according the history books (if you put it all together), he is portrayed as a super-nut, half-jewish, part black, homo-sexual heroin attict, with one testicle and connections to aliens from outer space. It's starts to sound ridiculous.
I remember in 4th grade we had (what turned out to be our only study on WWII in 12 years in school!) a one-day teaching about Japan and Pearl Harbor. I remember clearly my teacher saying that Japan attacked at Pearl Harbor to warn us to stay out of the war they were in with the rest of the Pacific. I remember that even at my young age, I thought that was a strange reason to attack another country...to "warn them". I had a puzzled look on my 10 year-old face. Over the years, I learned that I was right to doubt that! Turns out Japan attacked at Pearl because the US blocked their entire oil supply from the Dutch Indies, which is an act of war. I'm not saying they were right to attack, but I am pointing out how the media, even in school, is a lie.
So to address the thread subject...how bad were the Germans REALLY?