Changing attitudes towards German identity


On Friday, September 10, 2010, the New York Times published an essay by Nicholas Kulish entitled “German Identity, Long Dormant, Reasserts Itself”.

In his text, the author describes how Germany’s attitude towards its own identity was shaped by events in the 20th century, such as the two World Wars and German division and reunification, and how a new generation of Germans are ready to embrace their national identity.



‘As a youth in the 1950s, the film director Volker Schlöndorff tried to hide his German origins by learning to speak unaccented French. This summer, his daughter painted German flags on her cheeks and joined crowds of thousands on the Kurfürstendamm, a historic avenue, waving their black, red and gold banners to celebrate the country’s World Cup victories.

Elena Schlöndorff confessed that she never watched her father’s Academy Award-winning adaptation of “The Tin Drum,” Günter Grass’s World War II epic, until a new director’s cut was released earlier this year. She had little interest in the Nazi era. “I don’t really feel touched by it,” said Ms. Schlöndorff, 18, with a teenage shrug. “In our generation, we’ve gotten past it.”’

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