Other than Angela Merkel, Werner Herzog and several wonderful composers?
My maternal grand parents are loaded with German DNA; the U.K. still reigns supreme in my genetic stew but there are so-many-Germans. And weirdly – even the few paternal German peeps are all from the same village as the maternal side -Sielmingen, Esslingen, Wurtemberg. So tiny it merged with three other villages in the last century and is still on the wee side. I am glad to say the family tree isn’t a straight line, but…
The thing is, my grandfather was a real…piece of work. So growing up I associated being German with being … not good. It probably didn’t help that my Mom, in teaching me about keeping cuts clean, would pour peroxide on the boo-boo, and as it foamed she’d say “See? that’s the medicine killing the Germans.” You know, instead of germs.
Then you grow up and start to know about the Holocaust, and being German is definitely not appealing. You’d either be complicit or a Nazi. And Schindler’s List completely ruined my willingness to claim the ethnicity.
The hubby keeps reminding me that the British and Nordic peoples are German, then goes into the history of Anglo-Saxon conquest. My interior monologue plugs my ears and says “lalalalalala I can’t hear you.”
So anyone out there, what are some proud accomplishments of the German people? (Don’t say beer, can’t have it due to wheat allergies. And I dislike sausage and anything with cabbage.)