Quite interesting: in Europe, "ciao" is only used by Italians or those, trying to speak Italian. (My Castillian neighbour thinks, 'Chao' - Spanish teacher at the local "MBA-school" - must be English.)
And that's the big Argentinian trauma.
They were taught that they were Europeans living in the Americas by a twist of destiny.
By September 1939, approximately 282,000 Jews had left Germany and 117,000 from annexed Austria. Of these, some 95,000 emigrated to the United States, 60,000 to Palestine, 40,000 to Great Britain, and about 75,000 to Central and South America, with the largest numbers entering Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Bolivia. More than 18,000 Jews from the German Reich were also able to find refuge in Shanghai, in Japanese-occupied China.
Table C. Overseas Immigrants to Argentina by Nationality (1857-1940)
Nat. Immigrants (in thousands) Per cent
Italian 2,970 44.9%
Spanish 2,080 31.4%
Polish 180 2.7%
Turks 174 2.6%
French 239 3.6%
Russian 177 2.6%
Austro-Hungarian 111 1.6%
German 152 2.2%
Yugoslav 48 0.7%
Portuguese 65 0.9%
Swiss 44 0.6%
Belgian 26 0.3%
British 75 1.1%
Danish 18 0.2%
Dutch 10 0.1%
Swedish 7 0.1%
United States 12 0.1%
Other 223 3.3%
Total 6, 611
Hi bauer, Welcome to A2K. I thought this forum died and gone to internet heaven. I'm not sure how successful your reprisal will be, but what do you mean by "more European" than Europe?
meaning, that the people of argentina is predominantly of euroepean descent ,maybee 98%. thus the culture is european. while Europe is multicultural, with a mixed population.
I don't think the Chilean authorities are trying to hide the number of German nationals living in the country.
I don't think Chile keeps a census by race. To do that would be considered racist in most Latin American cultures. But all census that I know of count the number of foreigners.
Hiding the number of Germans would have been logical during the Pinochet regime, when there was a concentration camp, Colonia Libertad, run by German inmigrants, in which several opposers were tortured and killed.
If I remember well, the founder and leader of Colonia Libertad is in prison now.
Walter, Why did Germans want to leave their homeland in 1901? And why Chile?
Why not Chile?