Well done those girls

Tiny things but:

Women had been admitted to the Games only in 1928, and were still not allowed into the Olympic Village. The 12 British girls were closely chaperoned during their time in Germany.

Evidence of how the Nazi creed had permeated life was everywhere. The standard greeting was “Heil Hitler” (to which the girls gamely replied “Hail King George”) .

8 comments on “Well done those girls

  1. It’s alleged that those British schoolchildren who have heard of Hitler believe his Christian name to have been Heil.

  2. Britain then.

    Britain Today:

    Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability, and I want you to know that we are with you, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-Quds [until victory, until victory, until Jerusalem].

    Say what you like about Mosley. At least no one elected him once he put on the Black Shirt.

  3. SMFS:

    No, no, no. Your taking his words “out of context”. He was referring to the Iraqi *people*, not Saddam Hussein himself.

    There, I feel better now. Crisis over.

    (See also Tony Benn for how well his famous 3 questions went when he actually met a dictator.)

  4. @TN

    Regarding Tony Benn, it was five questions, and his final one was “how do we get rid of you”, which could be applied to himself and his entire little clan of Benns who even today continue to hog the political landscape on no more qualification than their surname.

    Removing effective opposition to your continuous election as he did, by being a “Labour” candidate who didn’t actually support Labour party ideology, and changing the law so you can continue doing so, is one way of evading the last question.

  5. W.J. Rose reported something similar on the Polish-German border in the early 1930s:

    “A Polish traveller in the train to Breslau approached for his ticket with the salute “Heil Hitler!” (pretty usual though not universal), at once replied as he produced that document, “Heil Pilsudski!” The official was taken aback only for a moment, then rejoined “Heil both of them!””

    W.J. Rose, ‘The German-Polish Pact of 1934 as a Factor Shaping the Relations of Two Neighbouring Peoples’, International Affairs, Vol.13, No.6 (Nov-Dec 1934), p.800

  6. Tim Newman – “No, no, no. Your taking his words “out of context”. He was referring to the Iraqi *people*, not Saddam Hussein himself.”

    Yeah. He had that problem a bit. Often taken out of context. Serious problems using pronouns.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2007/07/the_galloway_papers.html

    “(See also Tony Benn for how well his famous 3 questions went when he actually met a dictator.)”

    I think Benn’s famous questions were just for us. Not for the dictators:

    Had a long talk to the Chinese First Secretary at the embassy — a very charming man called Liao Dong — and said how much I admired Mao Tse tung or Zedong, the greatest man of the twentieth century.

    Twenty years later, he was at it again;

    “I am a great admirer of Mao. He made mistakes, because everybody does, but it seems to me that the development of the countryside and so on was very sensible.”

    Sure, everyone makes mistakes. Like invading Poland.

  7. A bit like the Musslims. When they say ‘Salaam Aleikum’ you can always reply ‘Et cum spiritu tuo’ ( or ‘and with thy spirit’ if you’re of the BCP persuasion)

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