“Stay-at-Home” – Propaganda Video Ridicules Postwar Contemporary Witnesses
Original translation by Nash Montana, video Edit by Vlad Tepes.
There are few things that ponder our minds more and touches our hearts deeper, than listening to contemporary WW2 witnesses, telling us their recollections of the horrors of war, and post-war austerities.
One can barely even imagine today what those people had to suffer through. And still, they found the strength to build Germany back up after the destruction the war left behind.
They are, or more specifically they were, old men and women who – fighting back the tears in their eyes – would tell us of their fates in front of cameras rolling. Today, most of them have since passed away. It would behoof us to never forget their life-time achievements from which we have infinitely profited from.
Peak of Crudity
The Federal Government now ridicules the memory of those contemporary witnesses with a propaganda piece. It encourages – made in the exact style of above mentioned interviews – citizens to obligingly stay at home, park lazily on the couch all day, and munch potato chips.
The plot is easily told: In front of a rolling camera, an old man recalls his memory of the “Winter of Corona 2020”, with which horror he had been confronted as a 22- year old young man. Back then “the entire country looked at us” as “an invisible danger threatened everything we believed in, and suddenly the fate of our entire country was put into our hands”. He and the other “heroes” of said epoch “did everything that was expected of them, the only right thing”:
To stay at home, lazily park themselves on the couch all day and eat potato chips.
It is hard to one-up this infantile piece of tastelessness. The video can be found on youtube. Through the use of framing, nudging and blatant disinformation, there is no doubt that the message will fall on fertile grounds with susceptible brains.
000 I believe it was Winter of 2020
003 when the entire country looked at us.
006 I just turned 22 years old,
[here, title below reads: Anton Lehmann, Active Duty 2020, Chemnitz, Saxony]
009 I studied machine engineering in Chemnitz,
012 when the second wave came…
018 I mean, at that age you want to party,
021 you want to study, meet someone special or something,
024 or go have a drink with friends,
027 but destiny… had other plans with us.
030 An invisible danger threatened
033 everything we believed in,
036 and suddenly the fate of our entire country
039 was put into our hands.
042 And so we all gathered our courage, and we did
045 what was expected of us:
048 the only right thing, we did…
052 Nothing. Absolutely nothing at all!
055 We were as lazy as sloths!
058 Days and nights, we sat on our asses at home,
101 and fought against the spread of the corona virus.
104 Our couch was the front line,
107 and our patience…, was our weapon.
110 Haha yes, you know, sometimes…
113 I have to almost smile a little bit
116 when I think back to those days.
119 That was our destiny. This was how
122 we became heroes! Back in the days…
126 in the Corona Winter of 2020.
132 [Text from the German Federal Government] You too can become a hero by staying at home. Together against Corona.
[At 0:55 the old man says, “Wir waren faul wie die Waschbären” – we were as lazy as raccoons. European raccoons are different from US raccons, they are a lot more laid back and lazy, while their US mates are quite lively. That’s why I translated the word “Waschbären” as “sloths”, since sloths are known worldwide as the most laziest of all animals.