What do Germans think of us Poles? German journalist, Thomas Urban, who used to work for “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” and now works for “Suddeutsche Zeitung”, attempts to answer that question without any hint of political correctness.
In his opinion, the image of a Pole in Germany is different than what is shown in Polish media.
“The image of Poles is very diverse,” the journalist admitted. “They are seen differently in rural areas and differently in large towns and cities. In villages, you can meet the image of a deadbeat, alcoholic and Catholic narcissist. In cities, we start encountering the image of an appreciated specialist in professional issues and a potentially a great friend and confidant.”
Urban did point out that stereotypes concerning Poles are still around in German media. He added that negative stereotypes are being spread around about many different nationalities, including the Dutch, who are more appreciated by the average German than the British or Poles.