STRANGE ANTI-GERMAN PREJUDICE.
Some ingenious reflections of a lady, described as Frau CourtCouncilloress Hansfstangl, of Munich, who has spent seven months in America, are reproduced in the Berlin "Lokalanzeiger":—• Much harmful influence has ' been exerted, so far as Germany is" concerned, by the circumstances that President Wilson's mother is an Englishwoman. Owing to the war, and particularly since the Lusitania affair, all friendship between Germans and Americans suddenly came to an end. German employees were dismissed, German establishments lost their customers ; prejudices arose against everything German.
On the other hand, it was extremely difficult to convince Americans that mistrust of England would be far more justified. Thus it came about that Germans resident in America found themselves placed in a very awkward position, and one demanding much tactfulness. \sfe may be grateful to Count Benv" storff for the skill with which, in. spite of manifold difficulties, he acquitted himself of his tasks.
Of wide extent and variety is the war literature which is operating throughout America by the dissemination of fabulous distortions of fact. Similarly, the most amazing untruths concerning German conditions are being told at lecutures and in public addresses. Unfortunately, those papers which were anxious to explain the situation did not succeed in penetrating the dense mist of deceptions. It is indeed strange that American opinion should be so prejudiced against Germany when Germany has done so much to conciliate it by drowning American citizens in the Lusitanla and other torpedoefl liners. It must have been a great shock to Frau Court-Councilloress Hansfstangl that the relatives of these murdered passengers did not fall on her neck and kiss her.
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Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3548, 23 May 1916
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