The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138129   Message #3162616
Posted By: Richard Bridge
30-May-11 - 10:09 AM
Thread Name: BS: Culture clash, German-US/Brit
Subject: RE: BS: Culture clash, German-US/Brit
I had never heard of that joke as set in a concentration camp. It was not my intention to be frivolous about those things, merely to point out that I had been accustomed to think of German communication as courteous.

I wonder whether the age shock mentioned above arises from the fact (if it be a fact) that German society (and, IMHO, Jewish) values age and wisdom whereas the UK and US simply see age as decrepitude.