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Image of the Germans: What the English really think of us

Germany? For most Brits, this is a mixture of Hitler, sauerkraut, sausage and garden gnome. A little Volkswagen, a pinch of tanks and the picture of Germany is ready. Or is it in the end just a German prejudice that the English cultivate their prejudices against us so devotedly? Could be good. The island actually raves about Germany. From Angela Merkel, for example. Or from Berlin. And that's not all.

Radio series does away with prejudices about Germans

You just have to listen to the radio. Every morning at a quarter to ten, the BBC has been providing information about Germany for some time. There are 30 episodes. 15 minutes of daily tutoring about the "Krauts", who actually don't spend their days eating sausages and laying towels on loungers by the hotel pool at dawn. "No more clichés" is the motto of the radio series. Neil MacGregor came up with the idea. He is the director of the British Museum in London - and a man who, in modern German, would be called an “understander of Germany”. “This is a new country, and a new country needs a new story,” says the 68-year-old. His daily 15 minutes revolve from Grimm's fairy tales to the Brandenburg Gate.

In fact, the number of British people who somehow find Germany a little good has been growing for some time. Many are impressed by the economic stability and, of course, by the Chancellor, who is venerated on the island as an assertive and powerful woman. “She's just not like our politicians,” you often hear when people in the pub are philosophizing about small British and big world politics.

German football is more popular than ever in England

And then there is football. The German national team - once the redest of all red scarves for English fans - has more and more supporters in Great Britain. The enthusiasm even went so far that the British cheered over the goals of Müller and Co. with black, red and gold flags during the World Cup. Once again, their own troops had given us little reason to celebrate and started their journey home after three games without a win.

The view of Germany is characterized by admiration like never before. Prime Minister David Cameron rolled out the red carpet earlier this year when Angela Merkel made a state visit. London hipsters secretly rave about Berlin as a new trendy city. And in addition to the dual training system, the federal structure of the Federal Republic is increasingly being praised. So respect has long gone far beyond Miele dishwashers and luxury Mercedes cars.

Exhibition about German culture

The Guardian only recently took up a question that some Britons have probably already asked themselves secretly. Yes, it is okay to like Germany, to admire it and to learn from the country, politically, economically and, yes, also in terms of sport, wrote the newspaper in a downright euphoric song of praise to good old Germany. And it gets even better: on Thursday the British Museum will open an exhibition that shows a completely different image of Germany than the one that the British allegedly have so firmly anchored in their heads. Title: "Memories of a Nation".

Of course, the exhibition also shows classics. The VW Beetle is already there. A rhinoceros made of Meissen porcelain and a page from the Gutenberg Bible too. And the bratwurst. Of course. With the help of objects from 600 years, the British should be given a new image of Germany - without the old stereotypes. But maybe that's no longer necessary ...