The other day I was at Starbucks and some German tourists came by, they were young people perhaps in college traveling the United States by Rent-A-Car. They were well mannered, spoke perfect English with a German accent, and were quite happy traveling around and using their mobile apps to help them navigate and visit all of the museums, sites, and natural scenery along the California coast. They told me they will had driven along the coast from San Francisco through Big Sur along Highway 1, and were enjoying themselves in Malibu and would later head off into the evening into Los Angeles for all the sites there.
They said something very interesting to me, somewhat troubling. I asked them if they were from Germany because they were speaking German, and they said they were, and I told them; “thank you for spending your money in our country. I hope you’re having a very good time.” They thanked me for being so nice, and they said they were finding that most people were also nice to them, but they had been afraid to tell anyone they were from Germany because they thought Americans didn’t like Germans. This is because many of them in their country believe that the world is still mad at them for what happened in World War II.
Yes, that’s a difficult thing to get over, no doubt, and yet, in the United States we have a tremendous number of Germans, most of them came over as farmers in the 1800s, and early 1900s before the war. Many of them are farmers, and they’ve helped to make America great. All German tourists should be happy to note that they are always welcomed in the United States, and we wish them to come and enjoy themselves, see all there is to see, and go back and tell everyone that it is a complete myth that those in the United States don’t like Germans.
We drive German cars, we by German products, and we even have German companies that have factories in our country employing tens of thousands of Americans. Whereas, these kids might be the great grandkids of fathers that fought in the NAZI Army or flew for the Luftwaffe, they are no more Nazis than any of us. They had nothing to do with it, and condemn that part of their history. No nation is without smudges on their history books. Even the United States once had slavery, and that was definitely a black mark on our noble past.
Yes, Germans are welcomed as tourists in the United States. In fact, we have a lot to talk about. Please tell all your German friends to come visit and to crush that myth which seems to be so pervasive in Germany that Germans are disliked all over the world. They aren’t disliked here, we welcome everyone, Germans are fine by us. Please consider all this and think on it.