Monday, March 22, 2010

The Ideology of Nudism in Germany

Britons find nudity hilarious. Germans take it very seriously. An apostil by Roger Boyes

The Times in London has, I believe, a Top-secret think-tank. Its one aim is to dream up ways of humiliating its pale and overweight German correspondent. So it came as no surprise when a young editor, barely suppressing his giggles, suggested I join the first all-naked flight to be organised in Germany. Britons find nudity hilarious. Germans take it very seriously. I don’t know which is worse but I do know it is one of those civilisational frontiers that divide Germany from much of the rest of the world.

The flights begin in July, from Erfurt to Heringsdorf in Usedom. The passengers will be able to get in the mood for the Naturist beaches of the Baltic Sea. If they prove successful, who knows where they will lead? Nudist taxis? Trains for naked passengers?

To read more: http://www.goethe.de/ges/mol/typ/en3097399.htm

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