Sunday, May 8, 2011
Reactions to A Country's Troubled History
In conjunction with the pronoun use that we discussed in AmCon this past week I was reminded of something that we have been talking about in Social Psychology looking at groups. We have been looking at ingroup attitudes and actions, and learned about how since the aftermath of Nazi Germany Germans sing only one verse of their national anthem, and sing it only at sporting events. This stems from the shame that the country still feels for the actions of Hitler and others responsible for the Holocaust. I also found this interesting in light of how patriotic America is; in our country our loyalty to our nation and the principles upon which it is founded (freedom, democracy, equality amongst our nation's many grand ideals) are an immense source of pride and expressing that through our own anthem and other patriotic acts are vital to bringing all of us together, uniting us as Americans. Given my own experiences as an American citizen it is interesting to learn that Germany doesn't have anything like that, having lost it since the Holocaust--though it clearly makes sense in light of the nations' history.