A Night of Oktoberfest Fun Before a Happy HomecomingRick Steves Europe
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My crew and I walked home that evening marveling at the joy we had just experienced. I’d been so focused on the ugly and tragic story of fascism in 20th-century Europe (we just filmed a TV special about it), that I actually wished I could have made Adolf Hitler walk with me there, that evening, and seen his reaction to the scene: Bavarian culture high and low (lederhosen pulled up high and dirndl blouses plunging enticingly low) coexisting with a happy racial kaleidoscope of humanity — right there in the city where, just under a hundred years ago, his evil movement first mobilized fear and hatred to hijack Germany’s heart.
Under that big, big tent (one of a dozen that each hosted thousands of happy partiers), people from around the world were one — celebrating Germany, celebrating great beer, and (while many of them likely didn’t realize it) celebrating peace and freedom too. Prost!
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