The renowned German-French fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld brought a big brouhaha upon himself the other day for his remarks about Chancellor Merkel, Muslim migrants, and the Holocaust.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this clip from a French TV panel, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
The TV show was in French, but the story rapidly spread in the German media, since it transgressed several major PC taboos in German popular culture. Its viral trajectory was accelerated by Mr. Lagerfeld’s status as a French celebrity who was born in Germany.
Karl Lagerfeld: “You can’t kill millions of Jews, and then later bring millions of their worst enemies into the country”
by Egri Nök
Paris — In an interview on French TV, Karl Lagerfeld said that
Even if there are decades in between — you can’t kill millions of Jews, and then later bring millions of their worst enemies into the country.
He suspected that Merkel probably wanted to improve her “image as a wicked stepmother” dating from the Greek government debt crisis.
The interviewer inquired whether Lagerfeld thought that Merkel wanted to excuse her actions in the Greek crisis by taking in so many refugees. And if she wanted to show that Germany, after what had happened in the Second World War, was now finally a welcoming country.
Yes, but I will now say something terrible: You can’t, even if there are decades in between, kill millions of Jews, and then later bring millions of their worst enemies into the country.
He illustrated his assessment with a personal experience:
I know a German lady, who took in a young Syrian, who spoke a bit of English. After four days — do you know what he said to the lady? ‘The best invention that Germany ever made was the Holocaust!’ I can tell you that one moment later, he found himself out on the street. What a horror!
The interview was broadcast last Saturday, Nov. 11. The TV station has reportedly been showered with complaints since.
Karl Lagerfeld is the creative director of Chanel. A native of Hamburg, Germany, he went to Paris where he began working with fashion houses like Balmain and Chloé in the 1950s. Claudia Schiffer is his friend and muse. Some of his lesser-known accomplishments are that he is a renowned photographer, and that he created the perfume Chloé for Women.
|00:00||…who didn’t appreciate the colonization. They are taking in|
|00:04||not ten or twenty thousand; she, who already had millions and millions of them|
|00:08||who were well-integrated and who work, and it’s very good, because anyway|
|00:12||the demographics over there are a little… —Yes. —…declining; but she didn’t have to|
|00:16||add one more million on top of that to project a charming image of herself, after|
|00:20||the image of an evil stepmother that she acquired during the Greek crisis. —Yes.|
|00:24||It’s a little bit like that. All of a sudden the daughter|
|00:29||of a pastor is coming out. —Yes. Do you think she did it|
|00:33||in order to excuse her behavior during the Greek crisis, or to show|
|00:37||that Germany — in relation to what happened during World War Two —|
|00:41||or to show that Germany was, in fact, a welcoming country? —Well, yes, but|
|00:45||there I’m going to say a horrible thing: you cannot and — even if there are decades between —|
|00:49||kill millions of Jews and then invite millions of their worst enemies.|
|00:53||You know, they [the government] are asking the people to house “youths”.|
|00:57||I know someone in Germany who took in a young Syrian who spoke a little English,|
|01:01||and after about four days, do you know what he said to the lady? “You know, in the end,|
|01:05||the best German invention was the Holocaust.” … —Yes… —He was out the next minute,|
|01:09||I’m telling you. —Yes, yes. —What horror!…