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"and the evening news on Austrian state TV brought this first. What's more, the commentator accused Germany of hypocrisy,"

the austrians. hypocrisy.

Fine. Time for an anecdote.

Early fifties. The german cabinet is discussing reparations claims and how to the deal with them. Finally the discussion moves to possible reparation austrian reparation. "Austria? Adenauer says - "we will send them the bones of Hitler."

On topic: I still think that is a very ill judged gambit.

Especially because the genius of justice minister talked about First (!) world war claims and threatened to expropriate private property.  

by IM on Fri Mar 13th, 2015 at 05:50:29 PM EST
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