September 2014 - Nr. 9
My last editorial in August got a lot of attention, mainly
because I mentioned a Bellville broadcaster who made comments
about the German National Soccer Team after the Brazil Germany
Game that were highly inappropriate in this day and age of
political correctness. And while no one of our local German
Canadian representatives spoke for us, as they used to claim and
do when in capable hands some years back (to be specific: 3
Presidents back of the DKK/GCC Ontario) it is surprising that a
non-German came to “our” defense and wrote to the radio
personality, showing him the error of his ways from various
points of view. It was a brilliant repartee and I wish I had
written it myself.
Unfortunately I cannot publish it since the mail from this
person to the broadcaster came to me as a private mail, but I
can send it on per email (and I have - to many) to anyone
wanting to know.
The response also told me that there are still many other
maligning comments in the media about Germans and Germany that
no one appears to see as anything wrong with. There are plenty
of shows around these day that allow all sorts of comments,
especially since so called social media can also be misused as
anti-social media and all these shows, like various morning
shows for instance always jump on anything not politically
correct. Inflammatory remarks are usually torn apart and
evaluated and the public is asked to weigh in.
Since I wake really early in the morning I often watch these
shows and I have not seen anything that would make me believe
that there is someone out there ready and willing to defend our
reputation, when political incorrectness is flung around.
Yet, with the anniversary of the first of the big Wars a broader
picture has emerged in regards to mankind’s big political and
humanitarian mistakes. For instance, Justin Trudeau was the
first that I was aware of, to mention the Stalin regime and its
atrocities in the same breath as the Third Reich.
Bravo! That was brave
indeed! It can be said that we are moving more towards a middle
ground when a population is not entirely identified with its
The national President of the DKK (Deutsch-Kanadischer Kongress
) Toni Bermeier is one of
the last great German Samurai in our ranks and was
present at a ceremony of unveiling a commemorative plaque
referring to the internment of many people in Canada at the time
Read all about it in the report by Ernst Friedel, another great
apologist of the German community in Canada.
But enough of politics, lets us enjoy the last bit of summer
with pleasure and in the hope that it lasts long and that the
fall will be glorious and winter will be far away and mild.
See you at Oktoberfests and various street fests here and there…
P.S. The front page is a photo of Maria and Joe Stritzl
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, editor, editor-in-chief of Echo Germanica,
comments, cultural, artistic, political, daily events, German-Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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