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daberiberi

Tulips, chocolate, **killed Jews**, watches…


BackIn2019

It's true that they make great watches.


reachforvenkat

It's true that they watched as jews were killed


Fisch0557

That's not very fair on the Swiss, they also made sure all that Gold doesn't go missing. /s


SnooEpiphanies1951

Nothing /s about it lol that happened


spacemannspliff

"Zis is naht zee gold you are looking for..." -Switzerland, 1939-present


BigBoiBob444

It’s true that they killed great jews


Nievsy

And some of them made watches


SnooEpiphanies1951

Others just watched


flybypost

As a German I have to complain. We did do that rather excessively some years ago. It's not a *stereotype* but simply a fact :/ On the other hand, I'm really curious about how Portugal and Latvia got their reputation. There has to be a story behind those.


adelcioms

"We did do that **rather excessively** some years ago" is a very nice way to phrase it


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flybypost

Oh, that makes sense. I thought it was some myth about a potato allergy or something weird like that.


zanillamilla

Well Portugal was the first to try to plant a colony in Japan in the 1600s. They weren’t very successful.


flybypost

That somehow makes "weak" even more hilarious as a judgement.


Luis__FIGO

It was actually pretty successful, and was great for trade for both nations. not to mention the Japanese loved tempura so much they adopted it as if it was their own.


shanep35

Coming from Japan, that was doing the same thing at the same time, is interesting.


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trevorlayhe126548965

I heard Japan was on vacation from 1925 to 1945.


obiru

On vacation to the japanese beaches of China


jonathang147

The Philippines are lovely this time of year so it only makes sense that they did some vacationing there too


MakingGamesIsGreat

I heard they went sightseeing in Pearl Harbor.


Gabagool888

And Germans took in Chinese refugees at Nanking. Sort of a weird situation where axis Allie’s undermined each other genocides


kuncol02

I think, that they simply had some sort of bet who will finish his genocide first.


bushydan

A little rich, Japan


lukii508

The great thing about being from Austria is that my country is actually the birthplace of Hitler and we had a central role in both world wars, yet everyone constantly blames Germany and we're simply known for Mozart and shit.


FailFastandDieYoung

I won't speak for all Americans, but when I hear Austria I think of the Alps and Arnold Schwarzenegger


metengrinwi

i think of “the sound of music”


KyrgyzManas

Which ackshually no one knows in Austria...true story.


metengrinwi

Not entirely true…the only Austrian guy I’ve known said *“I love this movie”* in his thick Austrian accent.


Adorable-Lettuce-717

I'm 30 years old. Lived in austria my whole life. Neither me, my family nor close friends ever watched it.


Snowcreeep

You should watch it. It’s pretty good


bubalusarnee

I am older than you and live in America. I have met one of the von Trapps. And I have also never watched the film.


Tough_Bass

Not the biggest sample size. We watched it in highschool in English class. Because apparently Americans love the movie. Nobody aged ~16 knew the movie in our class in Austria


DontWorryImADr

The most popular version, of course, being sung by Arnold Schwarzenegger.


hollth1

Austria is known for artists. Some people just dont know that Hitler worked as an artist


Proglamer

Yup, he did some nice landscapes with acrylics & ash


dmtdmtlsddodmt

And paintings of German shepherds


Maz2742

Eh, they have a bit of a smug, mocking aura to me


TautomerizetheIsomer

Those paintings are key to his madness.


Diabolical_Dinosaur

& ash... r/holup


Ready-Date-8615

Some people erroneously claim that Hitler started WWII because he got rejected from art school. Actually, he was just unable to find art supplies. Ok, I'm just going to go throw myself into the pits of hell now.


aDragonsAle

His oil on canvas was shit, so he changed mediums. Been super famous ever since. /I don't support his career, but those words aren't false either.


Avto123

Kinda similar with georgia being the birth place of stalin


DeutscherUbermensch

So true, also modern communism was born in Germany. And Napoleon spoke Italian before learning French.


Burrcakes24

Corsican, which is either a dialect of Italian or its own language close to italian


Etaris

Go ahead and try to tell a Corsican that they speak Italian and we'll see if you come back alive.


uziquattro

Which is why he spoke Russian with a deep south American accent.


tfg0at

Georgia is in North America bro. Geez learn to map.


Xenobsidian

„Die Österreicher haben das Kunststück fertiggebracht, aus Beethoven einen Österreicher und aus Hitler einen Deutschen zu machen.“ — Billy Wilder


Virtue330

Yeah, couldn't have said it better myself! Though thats partly that because I don't speak German


blackrainraven

"The Austrians have succeeded with the magic trick to turn Beethoven into an austrian and hitler into a german." -Billy Wilder


goldenratio1111

>"You shouldn't take life too seriously. You'll never get out alive." -Van Wilder


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Feistygoat53

Worst trade deal ever


Adorable-Lettuce-717

Depends on your point of few.


GreatDemonBaphomet

let's be fair here. Beethoven did his most important work in austria and hitler did his most important work in germany.


Aldo_the_nazi_hunter

Important work done by Hitler sounds wrong


Xenobsidian

Let’s say most “known”…


LudereHumanum

The second part is true, the first on not anymore imo.


reditorian

You could replace Beethoven with Mozart here though. Mozart was of course born in Salzburg, which at the time was sovereign and only became part of Austria circa 50 years later. And since there was no German nation state, "German" simply referred to the language he spoke. In that sense, you could say Mozart was as much German as he was Austrian.


Cagnaccioo

If Hitler was from Austria then why did he not have a boomerang? Or a kangaroo????


MrMastodon

The swastika is just 4 boomerangs laid on a blanket.


Cattaphract

Oh no


MrMastodon

Maybe that's why the Nazis are back...


koopcl

lol my German wife jokes about this. "We get all the blame but why did WWI start? Austrians. Where did Hitler come from? Austria".


provaut

Yea. But we didnt even let him into art school.


Deathleach

Austria: "This man isn't even fit for art school!" Germany: "Let's make him chancellor!"


rasonj

So you admit it was your fault then.


calamondingarden

While the Germans made him leader of their country!


ellilaamamaalille

Mozart, Freud, Hitler and Schwarzenegger.


Ezqxll

Austria is probably more famous for Red Bull now.


edoardo_d

TIL RedBull is Austrian


_jedermann_

I mean it is from Thailand. But Dietrich Mateschitz, "discovered" it and made it big. It is produced in Austria and the Company has it HQ in Austria. Although only 49% of the company is owned by Mateschitz and 51% by the "founders" the Yoovidhya Family from Thailand.


SubcommanderMarcos

Eeh it's a Thai drink that an Austrian guy liked and figured if it was carbonated it would sell more, so... Kinda?


king_john651

You're not the only one


Steillage

"Bulgaria = Yogurt" may be because in Japan they sell a yogurt named "Bulgaria".


Telloth

It does go a bit deeper than that, I think the reason that yoghurt is called 'Bulgaria' is because of the country's involvement in the modern production of yoghurt. This article sums it up well - https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20180110-the-country-that-brought-yoghurt-to-the-world In summary, a specific type of bacteria (lactobacillus bulgaricus) used worldwide to produce yoghurt only natively grows in Bulgaria. They actually export milk cultures around the world, and I'm guessing that's the reason for the Japanese yoghurt's name. Edit - Correction, the bacteria does not grow only in Bulgaria, but it was isolated by a Bulgarian scientist.


pdonchev

Bulgarian here. It does not grow natively only in Bulgaria. - that's demonstrably false. It was a Bulgarian scientist that isolated it as the other bacterium responsible for yoghurt (besides thermophili). Also, the production of yoghurt and yoghurt cultures was heavily modernized and industrialized in Bulgaria.


Telloth

Apologies, I was misinformed! Thank you for the correction!


pdonchev

No need for apologies:) "Grows only in Bulgaria" is one of the myths that will be repeated by some Bulgarians, but it is so obviously false that it make us look bad. So I always make sure to correct it.


Telloth

Haha you're right there, I think I actually first heard it from some Bulgarian friends!


MostlyPseudonymous

Anytime someone mentions a bacterium grows only in one country, eyebrows should go up, but thanks for the context.


Vonbagh

"Bulgarian yogurt" is also sold in Finland. Amazing stuff. I'm not sure why non-Bulgarian yogurt is even being produced, when the Bulgarian staff is so good.


kyleofduty

How's it different from Turkish/Greek yogurt?


-kanenas-

It’s more sour. In Bulgaria we basically call “yogurt” “sour milk”. Also, it has less fats.


Top_Housing2879

Is your yogurt what we in Serbia call yogurt or what we call sour milk?


IDK_Lasagna

this reminded me that in Portugal we have cookies called Hungarians and that's the main reason I know where Hungary is


Kytescall

Honestly that's one of the only things on this list that feels like a legitimate thing that a Japanese person would associate with each country. A lot of the list feels made up.


Sjefkeees

Netherlands is also correct


Bugbread

This map has been posted and debunked plenty of times, but there are a handful of things that I think are accurate. Assuming that the meaning of this map is "the first thing that comes to mind when I say..." then I'd say Finland = Santa, Netherlands = Tulips, Bulgaria = Yogurt, and Belgium = Chocolate.


Pyrhan

Why couldn't Latvia eat potatoes?


veggytheropoda

There are some jokes and memes around Latvia's lack of potatoes under Soviet rule, apparently https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/1g5mph/what_is_the_inside_joke_of_latvia_and_potatoes/ https://www.reddit.com/r/NoStupidQuestions/comments/1kth9n/whats_the_story_behind_the_latvia_potato_meme/ https://jokojokes.com/latvian-potato-jokes.html


ymcameron

“Apparently” Is this what feeling old feels like? Latvia no potatoe jokes were *everywhere* on the internet years ago.


BitePale

How many years ago lol


mixererek

There's no potato in Latvia. Only hunger and hunger induced hallucinations of potato.


TOW3L13

Two Latvian look at clouds. One see potato. One see impossible dream. Same cloud.


Al_Cohol_

as an Latvian im offended by this. this years yield should reach unseen amounts of potat!


mixererek

Then your struggle is over


MoreLimesLessScurvy

This sounds like the setup for a punchline


makerofshoes

In Latvia, people is fight standing in line for potato, so is punch line.


UndeadCabJesus

Latvia cannot into potato just as polan cannot into space.


frenchhorn_empire

*My source is that I made it the fuck up*


Hypersuper98

Plot twist: OP is a Swedish man.


McLxLaozi

Plot twist: OP is from Poland


Shizool

As a Polish person I agree


anticommon

Don't blame on malice that which can easily be explained by Polska.


moonsun1987

I read this on Reddit or somewhere that Poland has been getting fucked from all directions for centuries and now the Polish people are like enough. We will fuck over ourselves now.


SquareWet

Like my Polish grandmother used to tell me: “*Anything can be a dildo if you’re brave enough*”.


Random_Heero

look at his name, clearly from New Mexico


ElectricKeese23

or french


zolablue

ive seen this map posted and debunked on here multiple times.


R_U_READY_2_ROCK

Oh god, next you’re going to tell me that the actresses in porn movies aren’t showing their true feelings


Deathleach

Why would they scream "I'M CUMMING" if they weren't actually cumming? Are you calling them liars?


Supermouser

First time on the sub?


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Belatza-Zeruan

*My source is that ~~I made it the fuck up~~ just reposted a well known controversial content for easy karma*


noxx1234567

Armstrong ?


LargeMosquito

Imagine a world, u/noxx1234567, free of cancel culture, where no one can call me out for my outlandish claims.


svmk1987

I wish Ireland was more green, in terms of trees and forests. We just have lots of grass.


DarrenGrey

Fair number of bogs too.


haagiboy

Real bog, the rattling bog?


Dyon86

Yes I believe it’s down in the valleyo


willard_price

Why are the Portuguese 'weak'? I get most of the stereotypes for other places but that one stands out as odd.


PugRexia

At least you didn’t get called stupid..


kkurttt

Been called a dumb polack my whole life.


Repulsive_Gas2361

I am Japanese and I think most Japanese stereotype of Portugal is soccer and Cristiano Ronaldo. I have no idea why the stereotype is 'weak' lol.


Hugokarenque

I mean there's no sources for this post so I'm guessing the person who made it up and said it was japanese stereotypes.


Ok-Industry120

Especially when we introduced Tempura to them. Bad form mr.Japan


guywithaniphone22

I have Portugal to thank for the blessing that is shrimp tempura? Hot men and good food, I need to visit


RiceAlicorn

Yup. The OG tempura came from Portugal — it was battered and deep fried green beans. Japan took the concept and ran with it.


Platoribs

And egg tarts! FUCKING EGG TARTS! All of Asia swooped on those, especially Japan and China


Flabben1814

Theory: In WW2, the Portuguese authorities in Macau didn't resist the Japanese, and declared a kind of neutrality in which they were basically puppeted by the Japanese. As opposed to the British and Dutch, who fought back. Might be the origin of the stereotype.


DeltaVZerda

Similar story to why a lot of the Anglosphere thinks of the French as cowardly.


cbeiser

This is a good analogy. Before WW1 France was kinda the big dog of Europe for years


irondumbell

>According to historian Niall Ferguson, France is the most successful military power in history. It participated in 50 of the 125 major European wars that have been fought since 1495; more than any other European state. https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Military_history_of_France


DavyJon3s

Yeah, specially when the Portuguese absolutely humiliated Japan and the samurai when they arrived. They were cruel and definitely brutal leaving no mercy for them, and definitely not weak... A simple search of the first contact between the Portuguese and the Japanese may suggest this stereotypes is arguably untrue. Especially when battles like the "Nossa Senhora da Graça incident" (where 40 Portuguese fought off 3000+ samurai over 3 days and refused to surrender, so they just exploded themselves in a ship to kill the most samurai they could. And this whole thing would have been avoided had they just betrayed their captain and gave him in to the samurai. But they chose to fight for their captain) gave the Japanese an even exaggerated impression of the Portuguese fighting skills and bravery for hundreds of years ("The British historian C. R. Boxer noted the great effect that Pessoa's actions had on how the Japanese see Portuguese people. According to Boxer, the event apparently gave the Japanese an exaggerated impression of the fighting qualities of the Portuguese, as well as appealing to the Japanese samurai mentality due to Pessoa's rather un-Christian act of suicide. As such, stories of the event were told and retold again over the next hundred years, often in an exaggerated and wildly inaccurate manner, and found themselves embedded as part of local folklore"). So, I really do have a hard time believing that the Japanese see the Portuguese as weak at all.


InfiniteShadox

That event is so old. How many modern japanese are even aware of it?


Kozhanod

Maybe they wonder why they’re a tiny country now when they were so big and strong the first time they met them


Substantial_Match268

Probably written by a Brazilian trying to fckup portuguese minds


East_Complaint2140

Slovakia doesn't exist?


comradeMATE

Nor half of the Balkans.


Eastern_Slide7507

"Killed Jews" I mean yeah but you're not one to talk.


Specialist-Extent-86

Well how could they know. There’s no mention of it in their government approved textbooks.


Kytescall

That's not actually true. Most textbooks do talk about it but not in depth, but nothing really is in the Japanese history curriculum. The textbook that made the historical revisionism issue intentionally famous even talks about it, but with euphemistic language ("Nanking Incident" instead of Nanking Massacre, etc).


Scottland83

Yeah, the history of Japan publicly addressing the crimes of the Showa period is very complicated and colored by their political relationships with their neighbors and the difficulty of translating nuance in such a way as to preserve honor. It's not like they don't or have never publicly admitted to war crimes or officially apologized. If you're interested in learning more, Ian Buruma wrote a book \*The Wages of Guilt\* which is about the collective memory of WWII in Germany and Japan, and comparing Western guilt with Eastern shame culture.


Bugbread

Not true. I'm looking at my son's World History A textbook, from his public high school, and it says on page 181 that the Japanese military captured Nanjing in December 1937 and massacred Chinese military and civilians. It doesn't go into any depth -- just one sentence, no casualty numbers, no descriptions of what the massacre consisted of. That said, the description of the atom bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are equally succinct -- "The US army dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, the USSR broke its treaty with Japan and joined the war, and Japan accepted the Potsdam Declaration, ending the Pacific War." One sentence, no concrete description, no casualty figures, etc. Japanese history textbooks are strange. They cover *so much* that half the time you're thinking "What, you have to learn *that*?" and the other half the time you're thinking "What, you don't learn *that*?" But it's two sides of the same coin: in order to cover a shit-ton of material, everything is *super* brief. Glancing through the textbook: "In the 6th century, the Khmer Kingdom rose to power. In the 11th century the Pagon Dynasty was founded in Myanmar." No other information about them. "In ancient Rome, the Gracchus Brothers attempted reforms to address the problems of farmers who were destitute due to long periods of conscription and the influx of low cost grain, but their reforms failed." No information about what the reforms consisted of, nothing about who they were. Just, plunk, that sentence. The whole textbook is like this, to cover as much information as possible. His junior high school textbook was much better about providing background and connections. I can't remember what it said about Nanjing there, but I remember it was a *little* longer. Maybe two sentences, not one. Japanese history textbooks are pretty shitty, no denying it, but reddit (or, I guess, the anglosphere) has got this kind of warped image of them. Sure, I'd like them to cut back on random historical details and instead explore certain topics (Japan's actions prior to and during WWII chief among them) in more depth, but it's not really the redditor image of "they cover all this other stuff but then they skim over their atrocities" so much as "they cover every goddamn thing, which means that they skim over *everything*." Edit: I checked my younger son's junior high school textbook for comparison. The reference to Nanjing is much vaguer than I remembered: "The Japanese Army captured Nanjing in December, and many prisoners of war and civilians were killed." This may be a different textbook than my older son used when he was in junior high, I don't remember. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki section is also slightly longer: "Due in part to its efforts to have superiority over the USSR following the war, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6 and on Nagasaki on August 9. In Hiroshima, over 200,000 were killed (including those who died later due to radiation) and in Nagasaki over 100,000 died, and the cities were destroyed." Either way, it's not a lot of material. The junior high textbook is less direct about Nanjing and more detailed about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but it's still a fairly minimal amount of info for both.


id_o

This is the correct answer, you’d be surprised to find out how many Japanese don’t even know they were on the losing side.


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YandereObama

But he said this is the correct answer!


NorthVilla

^335 upvotes


MaleficentPizza5444

#Nanking


monsterfurby

I wonder that the worse insult to Italy is: being associated primarily with the Mafia or *Spain* being associated with "Good at Soccer".


ThrowAwayTheBS122132

If I were a swedish guy i’d be very flattered lmao


Gharthang

Hell yeah I am


SnooPuppers1978

You should move to Japan and try the old "I got some Russian downstairs" line on the ladies.


Good_Coffee13

you got a Russian downstairs? owning slaves is illegal bruh


jwbowen

What about owning slavs?


iratonz

Pity you are actually Polish


ThrowAwayTheBS122132

I’m actually not but cant blame you for trying to find fellow countrymen to bond with


ApricotFish69

Germany did do that... ..but atleast they admitted that it happened...


MaleficentPizza5444

Unlike some people.......


nsjersey

Yeah, Germany and Japan were WWII besties, but they both teach that history *very* differently


Advanced-Doughnut-56

Yet again a karmabot.


Technical_breach

New account gathering karma to spam later on. Most likely bot. Everybody should report for deletion for lack of source.


DavidInPhilly

The source is a 16 year old dude sitting in his bedroom making shit up.


kale_klapperboom

This isn't stereotypes, but a type of map based on google searches of "why is country X \_\_\_\_" that's been all over this sub.


daxlzaisy

Why is country Germany killed Jews


MaleficentPizza5444

It's probably junk anyway


petterri

Source: madeitup.jp


loulan

Plus it's really just common stereotypes for each country, it probably has nothing to do with Japan.


ZersetzungMedia

Thing: … Japanese Thing: WOOOOOOOOOOOOO


Mel0dyburst

Poor polish people


Rathbone_fan_account

You get used to it 🥲


michael83995

"Stupid people" wow, that's...pretty insulting and unexpected toward Poland


caitlin23

Polish people being stupid is a derogatory meme/joke that existed long before the internet and was not made up by the Japanese. From Wikipedia: > A "Polish joke" is an English-language ethnic joke deriding Polish people, based on derogatory stereotypes. The "Polish joke" belongs in the category of conditional jokes, whose full understanding requires the audience to have prior knowledge of what a "Polish joke" is. As with all discriminatory jokes, "Polish jokes" depend on the listener's preconceived notions and antipathies.[1] The relation between the internalized derogatory stereotypes about Polish people, and the persistence of ethnic jokes about them, is not easy to trace, though the "jokes" seem to be understood by many who hear them.[2] Sometimes an offensive term for a Pole, such as "Polack", is used in the joke. Example: Q: How many Polacks does it take to change a light bulb? A: Three – one to hold the bulb, and two to turn the ladder. [wiki](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_joke) It’s basically the type of joke a racist grandpa would tell. Thankfully it seems like younger generations are letting this type of humor die. But it didn’t come out of left field for this map, there’s a history.


Bugbread

Plus it's not even a stereotype in Japan.


MaleficentPizza5444

Wine, 🇲🇩.... I doubt 5% of Japanese have ever heard the word Moldova


14336081

Japan is weird and wonderful. And openly racist.


alrightshud

Turk here, and it's true that we love Japan. There's a whole street in my hometown named after a Japanese town, [Kushimoto Street](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ckr9f5pXIAEb8HL.jpg), with a [Turk-Japan Friendship Park](https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cvTKA-gSi7Q/Wd5Q9hh9AVI/AAAAAAAAE7Y/ebBKExq5FD0UmIvh6RfLkuH8DJVmLBv4wCLcBGAs/s1600/2017.10.03%2B-%2BKushimoto07.jpg) inside.


idknzt

Besides japan what are some other countires Turks generally like? Sorry if it's off topic, just curious


damjankok

First of all, Turkish people mostly do not see Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Albania and many other Balkan countries as foreign (I can say that this word is very similar to hostile in Turkish people's mind) countries as they see West Europeans. We see them more like brothers and sisters living in different places, we respect and love them because of our deep bonds. Therefore if I should say 5 other countries besides the ones I mentioned above, 4 of them would be Japan, South Korea, Italy and Spain. Turkish people have very friendly image in their minds about these countries and their people. 5th country that Turkish people love most would probably be Germany but it is a little complicated :D Also note that most of the Turkish people really love Ukrainians and Polish people too


PutinBlyatov

Japan is like what we aspire to be I guess. Very western on legislation, economics, social structure etc. but instead of getting imprisoned by the western culture they keep their own traditions and even spread them on western nations.


very-simple-guy

I like how they ignored Slovakia:D


Flabben1814

Why "Lard"? It's hilarious, but confusing. Do the Japanese import all their lard from Hungary? Does Magyarorszag mean "lard" in Japanese? Are the Japanese Hungary for lard? I need answers!


MrBanana421

Well, it seems like a hungarian pig is prized in japan for it's [fatty meat and good lard](https://bbj.hu/budapest/gastronomy/food/more-mangalica-pork-eaten-in-japan-than-in-hungary).


boilface

I don't know much about Hungary, but I do know they eat a type of lard called Salo on toast


Cultural_Sprinkles96

I guess wales should just go fuck itself then


acampbell98

And Northern Ireland apparently. I know normally they generalise the U.K. but they put fucking England and Scotland separately


vladgrinch

I'll take ''honey'' (that we apparently sell in large quantities in Japan) over ''stupid people'' (very unfair to Poland).


SnabDedraterEdave

LOL Is that how the Japanese remember Portugal? The first country to make them be aware of Europe and the world at large, brought them firearms that indirectly led to the unification of Japan, and acted as a trade intermediary between them and China. Still, at least its better than being considered stupid like Poland.


Euklidis

> Bulgaria, Yogurt Greeks and Turks unite!


_cryptomnesiac

Gerard Depardieu looks at the French stereotype and says "hold my salt pork"


ABB0TTR0N1X

We need to breed the Swedish men and Ukrainian women to create the ultimate Europeans


SkyDefender

Hitler would be proud


ABB0TTR0N1X

I thought he wasn’t fond of Slavs


Admirable-Yard-4515

Yes.


PrimarySwan

Eastern Europe was Lebensraum to him, or living space. Most were to be killed the rest slaves. It was one of his main points in Mein Kampf besides the more known ones.


vince801

He wasn’t. Ukrainians found out the hard way.