Skip to comments.The Schnitzel Republic
Posted on 04/18/2015 10:47:49 AM PDT by Auslander154
I thought I might inform the German Freepers about a web-blog called The Schnitzel Republic. http://schnitzelrepublic.blogspot.com/
It is the closest I've come to finding a Free Republic in Germany. It is run by an American military retiree who now resides in Wiesbaden.
It is primarily an essay site of his random thoughts on current events going on in Germany. He is also a bit of a history buff. One can post comments, but there is very little activity on his site unfortunately. But it is informative to get his perspective on German and EU events.
It is a good place to go if you want the German take on things like the Germanwings episode or just about anything that the blogger fancies. You can't post your own blogs, but you can leave comments.
You can read about the new meat rule in Germany, the new age rule in running for office, or the proposed "112" rule to deal with rioters like those in Frankfurt recently.
I don't think there is such a thing called "Talk Radio" in Germany. As German born myself, I have to come to the unfortunate conclusion that it's hard to get a typical German upset about anything. I guess it is part of the psyche - Europeans generally trust government to do the right thing - and that's why Americans were created.
If there are other sites like this about Germany or Belgium or Netherlands, I'd like to know about those too. Thanks.
Schnitzel with noodles...
These are a few of my favorite things...
I spent 5+ years in Germany with the U.S. Army, loved every moment.
Wiesbaden? Are you sure he’s not Deep in the Hurtgen Forest?
Your point about European trust in government is spot on. The European image for millennia of how the world should work is, from top to bottom: God or the Gods - an Anointed Sovereign - a class of Nobles - the People (aka the Peasants). It’s a sort of pyramid with the modern version sans deity and a permanent unelected bureaucratic class in place of hereditary nobles. We Americans still conceive of God at the top but from there the pyramid is turned upside down. Leftism in all its manifestations is an invasive species brought here from the European $#!+holes our ancestors suffered mightily to escape.
Thanks for the tip. I briefly viewed his site. The blogger is articulate and writes very well. Some of the topics may tend toward the arcane, such as the three eras of Roman History that eventually led to the Roman Law which effects Germany to this day. Still, there is a group somewhere for every kind of blog.
He may attract more reader participation if we were also allowed to post articles or topics.
There may be a greater interest if he had at least four sections; one for current news in that part of Europe. What did Merkel say today and to whom?
one for financial markets news only.
One for science, medical or engineering news.
one for soccer or futbol
one for the arts and those who produce the arts.
one for psychology and religion (or the lack thereof) in Germany.
He might even offer a topic that can only be discussed in German. The native Germans I know take pride in the thoroughness and the complexities of their language, same with the Swedes.
What I’m describing sounds like a full time job. This man is retired, so it’s unlikely he would wish to become so steeped into the duties of such a blog all by himself.
Thanks for posting! I’m also German born... and find myself exasperated when discussing politics with relatives when visiting. The only thing Germans seem to get riled up about is “privacy”... I chuckle whenever I come across large apartment buildings that have been cloaked by google street view.
Once servants, slaves, serfs, and lackeys, always servants, slaves, serfs, and lackeys
Yes, it would be great if we could re-design his Schnitzel Republic. But apparently it is asking too much for a retired guy, and we are constantly reminded of the cost of bandwidth here at FR.
You may have noticed that there are exceedingly few commenters. Perhaps he feels it isn’t worth the trouble considering the lack of participation. Then again restructuring his website might bring about that needed participation.
It might be interesting for a long-time native Freeper to write about Free Republic’s early days and evolution. Was there some change that generated more appeal?
All in all, I still enjoy his mini-essays, and it does provide a German-American’s daily insights of Germany, past and present.
Bitte schon !
Hope you enjoy the site.
I left Germany (Munchen, where I was born) when I was just 5 years old, but strangely always feel a sense of home and enchantment when I visit. I still have friends and relatives there.
We took our son there when he was 9. He took along his baseball bat and glove, and we taught the neighborhood kids American baseball. He left his bat and glove with the kids, but still haven’t seen any signs of German Little League.
The Nederlands however have sent teams to the Little League World Series.
Even though I begged them, the USN never sent me to Germany for a tour of duty. Sent me to Hawaii instead - bummers!
“The native Germans I know take pride in the thoroughness and the complexities of their language.”
That is putting it mildly. There is Hochdeutsch and low German (Bayrisch), and Alsatian, and the inscrutable Schwabisch that almost makes Welsh elementary - just to name a few. My friends from Hamburg insist that their Hanseatic League is where the purest standard German is spoken which ruffles my Bayrisch dander a bit.
Germany has a stronger North/South divide than we do here, and they never fought a civil war. The northern elites just don’t trust or like the “hick” southerners and vice-versa. Hmm, why are the southerners always the “hicks” ?
Someone once said that if the Allies had split up Germany north and south instead of east and west, the Wall might be standing still.
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