German Nationalism 1914 – a Snapshot

“This is how we come across abroad: as brutal, aggressive, sabre-rattling lansquenets – who are all this simply because we are fearful, chicken-hearted, peaceloving, helpless slaves.”

Original: “So erscheinen wir dem Ausland: als brutale, Händel suchende, mit dem Säbel rasselnde Kriegesknechte – die aber all das nur sind, weil wir ängstliche, feige, friedliebende, hilflose Herrenknechte sind.”

Gustav Landauer in 1914, quoted by Wolfram Wessels, “1914 – Es muss etwas geschehen”, radio feature “Der Erste Weltkrieg”

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