World Cup: German Striker’s “Inner Nazi Party Rally”

Posted by John Rosenthal

It is halftime during Germany’s 4-0 thrashing of Australia at the World Cup in South Africa on Sunday. The game is being broadcast back to Germany on ZDF public television, and ZDF anchor Katrin Müller-Hohenstein is in the midst of reviewing the highlights of the first half with expert analyst Oliver Kahn, the former star goalkeeper of the German national team.

At the 25th minute of the match, the lately much-maligned German striker Miroslav Klose scored a goal, heading the ball sharply past the Australian keeper. Here is how Müller-Hohenstein comments on the play: “And for Miroslav Klose, [it must be] an inner Reichsparteitag – honestly now – that he scored today.” Reichsparteitag literally means “Reich party rally.” The Reich in question: the Third. The party? The Nazi party.

For more on the incident and the ensuing controversy, see my new report on The Daily Caller here.

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