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    University apologises after Nazi general quote used to motivate staff and students

    From todays telegraph:
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...otivate-staff/

    What has the world come to? Am I the only one under the impression that Erwin Rommel was the German General most admired and respected By the allies during WWII?

    Was he not, first & foremost, a good soldier and not a Nazi? Was he not forced to take his own life, by the Nazis, for his involvement in operation Valkyrie, the attempt to kill Hitler and bring a swift end to the war? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    How can we allow history to become so distorted?
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    According to my understanding, at no time was Rommel ever a card carrying member of the National Socialist Party of Germany. The mistake comes about because he was a German and all Germans are of course Nazis. Or so the terminally offended such as Exeter Polytechnic would have us believe.

    Cannot write that I'm surprised. History is always a target for revisionism depending on your politics. I'm more than surprised at the Telegraph for printing what amounts to tabloid rubbish.

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    I read somewhere, perhaps a biography on Goebbles, that one could not be a card carrying member of the party and an officer. Didn't sound correct to me, but I did read that.
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    Wow! That actually made my blood boil (and no, I don't buy the Daily Mail)

    I don't think Rommel has ever been regarded as a Nazi, only as a professional soldier and as a feared and respected opponent on the battlefield. And as the op points out, forced to take his own life for his involvement in the plot against Hitler. This is a university for gawd's sake. You would think someone at a university would be being paid to know this stuff.

    My Grandfather was 7th Armoured Division and also in the LRDG in North Africa. He only ever had the utmost respect for Rommel and his Afrika Korps.

    Actually, I'm going to have to email Exeter University about this.
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    University apologizes after Nazi general quote used to motivate staff and students

    So who exactly is the university apologizing too, was someone offended ?

    It seems to me that there are those whose mission in life is to be offended, to try and get people into trouble.

    How many people in public life have had to resign, just because someone chose to feign being offended ?

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    Maybe they were apologising just in case someone got offended.

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    "It seems to me that there are those whose mission in life is to be offended"

    Like you here ~Alan~ getting upset that somebody else is upset with something you don't agree with?! #Irony....

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    Indeed. The sad irony of a bunch of men who look like this, but who imagine it is everybody else who is endlessly offended:




    Quote Originally Posted by RAFRochford
    Actually, I'm going to have to email Exeter University about this.
    Whoever had to deal with that email isn't paid enough for their troubles. Imagine being some 21 year old graduate on your summer work placement in the comms department, fielding calls and emails all day from irate retired men with far too much time on their hands.

    "AND ANOTHER THING! ROMMEL WAS A FEARED AND RESPECTED OPPONENT ON THE BATTLEFIELD YOU SNOWFLAKE! BREXIT MEANS BREXIT!!!"

    Give that guy, or gal, a pay rise.

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    From todays telegraph:
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...otivate-staff/

    What has the world come to? Am I the only one under the impression that Erwin Rommel was the German General most admired and respected By the allies during WWII?

    Was he not, first & foremost, a good soldier and not a Nazi?

    How can we allow history to become so distorted?
    Indeed, how can we allow history to become so distorted?

    Diary entry, Erwin Rommel, Friday 17th May 1940:

    "...a French Lieutenant-Colonel whom we overtook with his car jammed in the press of vehicles. I asked him for his rank and appointments. There being every likelihood, with so much traffic on the road, that our columns would get split up from time to time, I decided on second thoughts to take him along with us. He was already fifty metres away to the east when he was fetched back to Oberst Rothenburg, who signed him to get in his tank. But he curtly refused to come with us, so, after summoning him three times to get in, there was nothing for it but to shoot him."
    Yep, no revisionism here.....that Rommel.....lovely bloke!

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    Yes, war can be a bit like that - kind of fatal. Best avoided, especially by 'snowflakes'.

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    I could have put money on it couldn't I...

    ...that the likely response to my post would be somebody calling me a 'snowflake' (whatever the **** that means)!


    Honestly, I have no idea what 'snowflake' really means (and I suspect neither have you) other that your use of it as a general shorthand term of abuse aimed at anybody who dares to disagree with you on anything; and because I've dared to contradict your point of view on this you've then decided, quite arbitrarily, that you now know my point of view on everything and you can simply pigeonhole me as the 'anti-you' and begin hurling abuse...

    ...as is often the case with those who lack the intelligence to make a constructive argument.

    So, go ahead, prove me wrong, argument or abuse.....your choice.
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    Lots of terms used by people who have no idea what they mean...other than meant as an insult.

    -Neocon
    -Red neck
    -Fascist
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    Hey Meddle!

    I'm nowhere near being retired, and I certainly don't have more than enough time on my hands. I work seven days a week thank you. Haven't had a day off in two years. As for Brexit, I never voted for that one either.

    So when you finally know what the **** you're talking about, why not come back for a proper discussion.

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