• Pieter Wilhelm

Karl Lagerveld

Updated: Mar 13, 2019



“One cannot – even if there are decades between them – kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place,” the 80-year-old Chanel designer told a French television show.


The German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most influential and recognizable fashion designers of the 20th century, died (Feb 20, 2019) at the age of 85. The German designer of course best known for his work as the creative director of Chanel, the French luxury fashion house. I’m not much into fashion and my wife often tells me that I dress like a clochard the French expression for tramp.

I liked Karl Lagerfeld because of his controversial statements like the one below:


“Be politically correct, but please don't bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that's the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation.”


On Coco Chanel: She was "never a feminist" because "was never ugly enough for that."


But most controversial was of course his reaction to Angela Merkel’s decision to allow over a million Syrian refugees to enter Germany.


"You cannot kill millions of Jews and then take in millions of their worst enemies afterwards, even if there are decades [between the two events]," he said on the French Tv show "Salut les terriens."


He endured a shit storm nastier than any other one I can remember and at the time it got me thinking.

I guess for some people it is hard to be confronted with the facts in a alternative context.

No reasonable person can deny that the German killed six million Jewish people it is a terrible fact and I think no reasonable person can deny that many if not most people in the Muslim religion are indeed the enemies of Jewish people. We see the hatred between these two groups of people almost daily in the news. So why the controversy did Karl Lagerfeld not merely just state the facts?


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