Sausage, Stalingrad and Sadomasochism The Dumbest Ideas Ever Uttered in German Politics
Part 3: I Quite Liked Stalingrad, Thank You
Germany's visit to Stalingrad in 1942 wasn't good for German-Russian relations.
Not many outside of Germany remember Franz Josef Strauss. The heavy-set governor of Bavaria, who reigned from 1978 to 1988, gained nationwide fame as a chancellor candidate in 1980 -- and since then for the fact that his children regularly hit the headlines for involvement in corruption scandals. Many have less-than-fond memories of Strauss, stemming largely from his raw political style. But the man didn't lack for guts. According to Edmund Stoiber, a Strauss protégé who -- after an interregnum -- inherited Strauss' position as Bavarian governor, Strauss did not go out of his way to endear himself to his Russian hosts during a 1987 visit. Stoiber recalled that when Mikhail Gorbachev asked Strauss if it was his first visit to Russia, Strauss said: "No, it's my second visit. But the first time I didn't quite make it as far as Stalingrad." Strauss fought on the Russian front during World War II and was lucky enough to just miss being involved in the deadly battle for Stalingrad.
- Part 1: The Dumbest Ideas Ever Uttered in German Politics
- Part 2: Bring on the Sadomasochism!
- Part 3: I Quite Liked Stalingrad, Thank You
- Part 4: Easy for You to Say!
- Part 5: 'Germany Should Buy Mallorca!'
- Part 6: Slap a Tax on that Pizza!
- Part 7: Photo IDs for Dogs!
- Part 8: Only One Foreign Vacation Every Five Years!
- Part 9: Keep Out the West Germans!