a reply to: SprocketUK
I think that its only really Britain and America who ever had a particularly large tendency to make distinctions between the German and the Nazi,
during, or after the war.
It might have become common during the late 80s, early 90s to make these distinctions elsewhere in Europe, as time went on, and tempers cooled. But
some places suffered unimaginably under the Nazis, to a degree that other places maybe did not, at least not the the same extent. Its perfectly
possible that places like Poland just do not see the line between Nazis and Germans during that period, because the German government and the Nazi
government, were one and the same thing at the time. Perhaps they see the political party involved, as being rather secondary to the fact that it was
German soldiers, carrying German kit, speaking the German language, who were their oppressors. Perhaps they, arguably wisely, do not accept the notion
that Germany was less responsible for what happened in Poland, just because the political party in power in Germany during the war, had a name and a
Its worth pointing out that when we think of the British Empire (which is a detestable structure which we should have been wise enough and
compassionate enough as a nation, not to have desired, leave alone gone ahead and actually created through conquest), we do not call it the Victorian
Empire, nor do we refer to it as the Elite Monarchist Empire. We do not think of those who went about its conquering, or those who administrated it as
being separate from Britain, just because their actions were not in keeping with the best traditions of the British people, or because it was not all
the British people who were engaged directly in the construction of the Empire. We think of the thing as the British Empire, despite the fact that the
majority of Britons living during the period, really did not benefit all that much from its existence. There was still poverty amongst the hardest
working, there was still oppression of the working people by those their labours lined the pockets of, there was still starvation amongst the poor,
still untreated sickness, still unimaginable imbalance of application of law...
Yes, despite our Empire, the actual real people of the British Isles, the regular folk, were still as absolutely screwed as ever, and yet, those
looking to free themselves from British rule during those times, and indeed since, have failed to see the line between what our government do, and the
actual people themselves, despite the fact that there are clear distinctions one could reasonably make between the British people, even now, and those
who lead their government. But it is a damned sight easier to see that line, when you are not in a country which suffers as a result of British
I would have thought that this particular ad campaign comes from a very similar place. Perhaps Poland sees the rise of the right and is concerned,
and wanted to give everyone a solid reminder that things which have been before, cannot be permitted to occur again, a sentiment I can certainly get
behind, even shoulder to shoulder with.
That being said, there could be more to this...
Poland has, as recently as December of last year, been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The rise of far right groups, based entirely on the
concepts of accepting and embracing xenophobia, in Poland of late has been a concern for many in Europe more broadly, and its a facet of Polands
current political structure that people there seem largely unwilling to confront. Their own governments various members, had a hard time condemning
the presence of fascist banners during the Independence March, and even then they only did so under pressure from outside the party.
Perhaps this ad campaign concentrates on referring to Germany, instead of to the Nazis, because the ad campaign is aimed at Polish people as much as
it is anyone else. Perhaps they are trying to remind Poles of the horrors inflicted upon their nation in times past, without using the Nazi
description. Its possible that the people they are trying to reach with this material, are Nazis themselves, and the ad campaigns directors thought
that calling them out by name would push them away, more than it would soften their resolve. Perhaps its a reminder to those seeking to take up
fascism, that becoming like unto the Germans in WW2, makes one an enemy of Poland?
It certainly is not the way I would have approached it, but there again, perhaps that is just as well.
Its a tricky one.