"The Germans don't play games and are very sensitive..."
Die israelische Botschaft in Deutschland hat davor gewarnt, das Wort "Nazi" in Deutschland zu gebrauchen: Mit den Deutschen sei in dieser Hinsicht nicht zu spassen. Es verhält sich hierzulande nämlich so: Es ist zwar mindestens jeder Zweite ein Nazi, allerdings sollte man dieses Wort erst gar nicht in den Mund nehmen. Denn selbst Nazis wollen keine Nazis sein.
Getting in trouble in Germany: On two separate occasions recently, Israeli nationals in Germany got themselves in trouble after swearing at public officials and referring to them as Nazis, Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.
Reports of the incidents were received at the Israeli embassy in Berlin and prompted officials to warn Israelis against using the word "Nazi" in Germany as to avoid trouble with the law.
In one case at Frankfurt's airport, an Israeli woman engaged in an argument with a German customs official after a large quantity of cigarettes was found in her belongings. The Israeli became upset and at one point referred to customs officials as "Nazis."
The officials promptly called in the police and the Israeli was taken to a detention cell and only released after an unpleasant overnight stay.
In the second case, at the Dusseldorf airport, an Israeli woman was seeking a tax refund but was unpleased about the amount she received. According to local police, the Israeli told her boyfriend: "Look at this Nazi." In that case, too, police were called in and the woman was questioned for two hours and forced to pay a fine.
However, the Israeli denies she used the word "Nazi" and said she intends to sue the German government for compensation.
An embassy official in Berlin warned that using the word Nazi is a particularly unwise move when addressing public officials.
"Such expressions must not be uttered, not even quietly or to an Israeli friend standing next to you," he said. "The Germans don't play games and are very sensitive when it comes to that matter."