Karl Heidenreich wrote:RF:I suppose post German re-unification this is the least controversial policy,
even though there would still be some names that would be avoided, such as Altmark for example.
I disagree with this remark, RF. Nowadays the "political correct movement" is stronger than it may have been in the 80ies or begining the 90ies. If something sounds more or less agressive or "fascist" (or at least is perceived this way) by "pacifists" or "social democrats" or the such then you are in problems, lad. You´re gonna be inmediately called a nazi or such.
Location names doesn´t post that problem, a place is a place... well, I believe that a Nuremberg could arise some problems, but names of soldiers are a different matter. Which is just plain ignorance and stupidity from the "social" movements that cannot understand the values that these warriors display.
Political correctness is a major curse in Britain today - the EU superstate, the unproven ''global warming'' theory presented as if cast iron fact - all designed to serve the ruling nomenklatura which the humble citizen has to pay for in taxation.
I wonder what the German readers of this Forum think about naming ships. I, for one, think that "politcal correctness", as espoused in Europe and here in the USA, is a serious infringement on free speech and thought. It's just plain, unadulterated buffalo poop. Sorry, this is not the place for this debate. Or is it?
Karl Heidenreich wrote:RF:Political correctness is a major curse in Britain today - the EU superstate, the unproven ''global warming'' theory presented as if cast iron fact - all designed to serve the ruling nomenklatura which the humble citizen has to pay for in taxation.
I agree, that´s why there is never going to be a new Bismarck or Tirpitz warship. First, not because those names can be associated with nazism but because they are related with a German Reich that was agressive and expansionist (never to mention why the German Reich was so agressive after 1870). And, second, Bismarck as a ship is synonymous of that great naval feat and epic adventure that doesn´t belong with the common perception of Germans at war (that of being nazi criminals of war without courage). Nor Schroeder nor Merkel nor any contemporary "democratic" German will dare to name a ship Bismarck or Tirpitz or Blucher.
Karl Heidenreich wrote:RF:
I agree with your remarks about Bismarck and Blucher. But many persons would find their "political rightfulness" infringed by that. Bismarck´s means to reunite Germany was, simply stated, war against Denmarck, war against Austria and, very important, a whipping to France (Battle of Sedan rings a bell?)
For me any of those names seem apropiate. But not to other persons.
P.S. Blucher is one of my favorite historical characters.
I think the ship's name BISMARCK took on an entirely brand-new meaning when this battleship of the Kriegsmarine was launched by Hitler and sailed into action and made naval history. The ship's mercurial rise to fame is quite unrelated and divorced from the Iron Chancellor's own character and legendary accomplishments . The Schlachtschiff BISMARCK and the Reichskanzler OTTO von BISMARCK are historically separate conceptual phenomena.
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