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Should Harry Apologize?

His apology should be in public and then the incident should be closed. But the furor certainly indicates continued world opinion that refuses to acccept that Germans (or at least most Germans) have moved on from the Nazi era and are part of a free and democratic society. -- Channing Dichter

I feel so sorry for Harry. He needs to grow up and show some respect. He most certianly does need to apologize in person and yes, make him go to Auschwitz and see what went on. -- Mario deLosada, Canada

Prinz Harry mit Hilfsgütern für Flutopfer auf den Malediven

Harry helped pack emergency supplies for victims of the Asian tsunamis earlier in January

Harry should apologize in person and go to visit the death camps. He should know better. He offended all decent people including modern Germans, Jews, members of the resistance and all those who died to eradicate that hated symbol. I am not a moralist and do not shock easily but this was in such bad taste that it goes beyond the pale. Nothing he does in the future will ever eradicate this stupidity, even if he worked in Calcutta with the poor for the next 20 years. I don't care in the least how many drugs he takes, how much he drinks or how many women or men he sleeps with. This is just youthful normality. However, this latest incident shows something twisted and sick in his character which he will never live down. -- Alan Smith, Australia

Why should Prince Harry have to bend over backwards to appease the mandarins of "political correctness" -- this item made a welcome change on the Sun's front page from seeing the recent rubbish about the tsunami -- a media frenzy of pretended "caring" and false sympathy if there ever was one. It's all about selling newspapers,isn't it -- just like the picture of Harry. These media hypocrites offend me more than Harry in his armband. -- Dave Clifton

Harry knew what he was doing when he thought of wearing it. And then decided to parade around in it. A spoiled rich boy who wanted to have some fun, and instead ended up offending people. Yes he should apologize in public. He may be a prince but he is also suppose to be a symbol of status and education, human compassion, and of leadership. He does not deserve special breaks in life, he's only human. -- A. Katzenberg

A tempest in a teacup. Prince Harry is a young man who in the eyes of some did a foolish thing and did not anticipate that media hyenas would get on his tail. Our own former prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, as a young man wore a German WWII helmet with a swastika on it when riding his motorcycle. Foolish? Yes. Criminal? No. -- Anthony Chernushenko, Canada

Yes, he should apologize in public, but this step should come from within himself. I don't think one can force him to do this. -- T. Bjhattacharya

It is well-known that there were many Nazi sympathizers among the British nobility and upper class and Harry should be aware of this. Furthermore, with the upsurge in anti-Semitism in Europe, such a stupid stunt gives aid and comfort to the self-declared enemies of western civilization. I hope for the sake of the Brits that Harry, given his evident stupidity and lack of comon sense, never gets the chance to be King! -- Amy, US

Die Prinzen William und Harry, Hilfe für die Flutopfer

Harry's brother William (right) was reportedly present when Harry picked the costume. William went as a wild cat.

One cannot deny that Nazism existed...and this was simply a costume. He was not necessarily glorifying Nazism nor the much hated swastika. People should quit focusing their attention on the young prince...he is just a person like anybody else. Had someone else dressed in this matter, it would not have made front page news. -- Heidi van der Muller

I must tell of a personal experience. It was in the 70s in the US. A friend wore his father's uniform shirt (WAFFEN SS) to a party we both attended. I took him aside, told him how offensive the shirt was calmly and asked him never to do it again. He was surpised that it caused offense, did apologize and as far as I know never did wear it again. -- Sandra Levy, US

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