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They don’t make Germans like they used to

I ran across this great quote from the Cold War generation:

“An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.” – Konrad Adenauer

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4 comments to They don’t make Germans like they used to

  • Infallible? Even several countries allowing themselves to be devoured didn’t conciliate Hitler.

    I don’t know much about Mr Adanauer, but a rather clumsily-expressed idea for my money.

  • John J. Coupal

    As a boy growing up in the US, post-WWII, I remember Adenauer being referred to by the Germans as “der Alte” (sp?), ” the old one”.
    Old, as in wise.

    He had a lot to do with making post-War Germany an economic powerhouse.

  • hi there,
    John’s right – Adenauer was a good guy. (disclosure/name drop: my grandfather was press attache for Adenauer–see my blog, Feb 9– unfortunately, I do not know a lot about my grandfather or his time with Adenauer).
    Adenauer, who at one point was sent to a concentration camp, was eventually responsible for bringing Germany into NATO and he was respected for trying to help the Jews in the post-war time.
    I think his quote was intended to be ironic.
    cheers,
    gianna

  • hi there,
    John’s right – Adenauer was a good guy. (disclosure/name drop: my grandfather was press attache for Adenauer–see my blog, Feb 9– unfortunately, I do not know a lot about my grandfather or his time with Adenauer).
    Adenauer, who at one point was sent to a concentration camp, was eventually responsible for bringing Germany into NATO and he was respected for trying to help the Jews in the post-war time.
    I think his quote was intended to be ironic.
    cheers,
    gianna