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In the past when we had a severe case of political rage we simply conquered France (in the morning; afternoon was free for sightseeing) to cool our temper. It's just not what it used to be...

Yes, it is kind of different: Autonome prügelten auf junge Juden ein, die Israelflaggen gezeigt hatten. ("leftist" streetfighters from Berlin attacked young jews in Hamburg, who showed Israel-flags on a demonstration against a Nazi-march supporting the Wehrmacht last weekend)

I have seen Germans abused by their public servants on more than one occasion. The last incident was in the Munich HBF were a women was inquiring at the DB infostelle. She didn't understand the timetables and, tiring of her questions, the man at the desk told her, "Get out of here, you farmer!" The woman turned to me and said, "Can you believe that?" I told her I could.
Perhaps these individuals come into the Social Welfare office expecting to encounter shabby treatment -- and get it.

"In the past when we had a severe case of political rage we simply conquered France (in the morning; afternoon was free for sightseeing) to cool our temper."

Hee, hee. It's funny 'cause it's true.

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