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Those who do not remember history...


Let's hope they don't use the same slogan in Germany.

From tongodeon's post, by way of Boing Boing, via elfs' post.

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charmingmuse From: charmingmuse Date: March 12th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Awwww, c'mon... I wanted Air Force merchandise with Uber Alles on it.
finstergrrrl From: finstergrrrl Date: March 12th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
oh good god. this is going to make work interesting for a while...
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: March 12th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Just for the record, that's not what Deutschland Über Alles means.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 12th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, and it predates the Nazi's too. But so does the swastika. 'Germany Above All', as the world really came to know it, doesn't have positive connotations. I know it originally meant something like 'respected above all others'.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: March 12th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Sort of. In the context of the original poem (which is actually entitled Das Lied der Deutschen, "Song of the Germans"), it was a call to the rulers of the various small principalities that now make up what we think of as Germany to abandon their petty squabbles and form a united German nation - making the creation of one nation for the German people their highest priority ("above anything in the world"). In its way, it was a sentiment roughly equivalent to that expressed in the American Pledge of Allegiance ("the Republic for which it stands: one Nation... indivisible").
elfs From: elfs Date: March 12th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, well, there are a lot of things that the Germans did during WW2 that we wouldn't dream of doing now in any seriousness: quadrilateral designs in red and black, spiffy uniforms of black and silver, lightning bolt insignia, or the phrase "Uber Alles."
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: March 13th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I have a long-standing grudge against the National Socialist German Workers' Party's marketing department for having used all the really cool visuals for evil.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 13th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, at least RCN didn't recycle them. ;-)
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: March 13th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I stand corrected. All the cool visuals except Socialist Realism propaganda posters.
elfs From: elfs Date: March 13th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
You and me both!
etherial From: etherial Date: March 13th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
If you're gonna use really cool visuals, you might as well use them for evil.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 13th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Which is a shame, because they really were snappy dressers. They had style. But they had to ruin it for everyone else.
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