“The Very Good German,” by Alpha Unit

This is Alpha Unit’s first try at writing more of a magazine-type feature article. She’s been writing Maureen Dowd-type opinion columns, often with a moralizing or universalizing message underneath. Her work is excellent as far as it goes, but I am encouraging her to break out of formula and try different kinds of writing. Most writers, even good to excellent writers, have one style and write one type of work, similar to how some very good actors always “play themselves.”
However, in my opinion, the very best writers of all are the equivalent of character actors who play a different character in every movie. As character acting is the hardest kind of acting, “character” writing is the hardest kind of writing.
To me, a superb writer ought to be able to write poetry and prose. The prose should cover both short and long fiction. For non-fiction, he could be capable of opinion pieces, analytic work, humor, journalistic stuff, magazine type feature articles, scholarly academic work, on and on. And his style should differ as he takes on these various roles.
I originally started to work on this piece, but after it sat dead for a long time (for some reason, I could never quite figure out the rather simple story of Sabac al Cher), I handed it off to Alpha Unit and encouraged her to run with it. I think she did a nice job on her first feature piece.
Alpha Unit is a Black female.
“He was a Prussian through and through, proudly wore the uniform, his medals, and his beard like Kaiser Wilhelm.” This statement, in boldface, introduces an article in Der Tagesspiegel, written this past January by Andreas Austilat. And it describes the son of a Black African.

A Black officer in the German Army in the late 1800's.
A photo of Gustav Chabac al Cher in his Prussian Army in the late 1800's.

This African was brought to Germany as a seven-year-old boy, a “gift” from the Viceroy of Egypt to Prince Albrecht of Prussia. The only Arabic the Prince supposedly knew was “Sabac el Cher,” which means “Good morning.” This became the little boy’s name.
The story of Sabac el Cher and his Afro-German family has been the subject of a book, a documentary, and numerous articles. His story only came to the attention of his German descendants in 1999.
Sabac el Cher – later christened August Sabac el Cher – was a personal servant to Prince Albrecht and even accompanied the Prince on military campaigns. In 1867 he married a young White German woman and had two children, including the “through and through” Prussian described in Austilat’s article – Gustav Sabac el Cher.
There is a widely circulated photograph of Gustav Sabac el Cher in military regalia. It turns out that he was also the subject of a painting by Emil Doerstling entitled Preussiches Liebesgluck, which has been translated as Prussian Happy Love. The painting, dated 1890, depicts a black man in a Prussian Guard uniform, in a loving embrace with a reddish-blonde young woman.
Who was this Black Prussian?
The credit for tracking down Gustav Sabac el Cher goes largely to art historian Gorch Pieken, a consultant for the German Historical Museum. He and his colleague Cornelia Kruse published his findings in the book Prussian Bliss: A German Family from Africa . Doerstling’s painting is on the cover. The young White German woman embracing Gustav is typically identified as his fiancee, Gertrud Perlig.
Gustav Sabac el Cher and Gertrud Perlig. Gustav Sabac was a German soldier in the late 1800's, and Gertrud Perlig was his redheaded German wife.
Gustav Sabac el Cher and Gertrud Perlig. Gustav Sabac was a German soldier in the late 1800

Like his father before him, Gustav Sabac el Cher was devoted to his country and to its military; he was a Prussian army officer and a member of the Stahlhelm Association, described as “reactionary front fighters.” He also served as a bandmaster for a Prussian regiment and later was a civilian conductor.
And like his father before him, he married a White German woman and led his life as a good German. He is said to have been pro-Hitler.
What made him most German, perhaps? Maybe it was the fact that a good and decent German girl, from a good and respectable German family, openly embraced him, married him, and had her children with him.
How much more affirmation could any man have?

References

Austilat, Andreas. January 18, 2009. “Gustav, der Kapellmeister.” Tagesspiegel (online edition).
Krampitz, Dirk. November 4, 2007. “Wie ein Afrikaner zu einer preussischen Gardeuniform kam.” Welt Online.
Please follow and like us:
error0
fb-share-icon20
Tweet 20
fb-share-icon20

34 thoughts on ““The Very Good German,” by Alpha Unit”

    1. Robert, are you the mysterious “Alpha Unit?”
      Who, me? What makes you think I would play a “character writing” trick on my adorable yet gullible readers? I could never be so cruel, ha ha.

    1. And if such miscegenation continues the White Race will be destroyed…
      Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
      (note: Whites are a global minority of only 9% of the Worlds Population)
      Affirmative action!
      “If White people go extinct, who’s going to feed you monkeys?”
      The zookeepers?

    2. Whites will not go extinct in another hundred years. By that time race/DNA itself would become an artificial construct. People would be able to choose traits of their children from skin/eye/hair color and facial features to height/weight/body type as well as IQ. Hell, they might even import some longevity genes from creatures like tortoise.

    3. Laugh out loud at Deadcult!
      Deadcult we are in the midst of a ‘Camp of the Saints’ Brown Drown!
      Read Charles Murrays tome ‘Human Achievement’, almost all advancements made have been by Whites… once Whites are gone your Transhumanist dream shall go too!
      In fact given the dislocation of capital in the capital markets recently your transhumanist dream is probably already dead, we are nearing the ‘Long Emergency’. Stop living in lala land, son!

    4. Whites will not go extinct in another hundred years.
      It will be way, way, way, way longer than that. Many centuries for sure. For instance, in the town where I am typing this, the overwhelming majority of babies being born are White. Those babies are pure White and many will live into their late 80’s.
      By that time race/DNA itself would become an artificial construct. People would be able to choose traits of their children from skin/eye/hair color and facial features to height/weight/body type as well as IQ. Hell, they might even import some longevity genes from creatures like tortoise.
      I agree with this, as an optimist. With genetic engineering, no one will care about race anymore.
      Anyway, as a member of a race that a lot of even non-Whites consider to be superior, I really don’t mind White decline all that much. Around here, it mostly just means tons of hot young Latina mestizas who want to fuck you, apparently pass on what they see as my valued White genes.
      Whereas before I was just an ordinary White schmuck in a Schmuck Universe of Whites, now I’m a member of a race that is partly hated and partly admired with intense envy. I dig that envy part.

    5. Read Charles Murrays tome ‘Human Achievement’, almost all advancements made have been by Whites… once Whites are gone your Transhumanist dream shall go too!
      Nah, a lot of advances will come from Whites that are still around, also folks from India (there are TONS of really smart people over there for some weird reason) and also Asians, especially NE Asians. The Iranians are also quite intelligent. Japanese, Koreans and Chinese and extremely smart, and if prodded, can be quite creative if they have to be. We can even expect some creativity from the cream of the African Blacks.
      Science and technology continues to advance at an explosive rate, even as Whites decline. Nothing much to worry about here.

  1. Like his father before him, Gustav Sabac el Cher was devoted to his country and to its military; he was a Prussian army officer and a member of the Stahlhelm Association, described as “reactionary front fighters.” He also served as a bandmaster for a Prussian regiment and later was a civilian conductor.
    What made him most German, perhaps?
    You just said it in the preceding paragraph… “he was a Prussian army officer and a member of the Stahlhelm Association”… knowing how the Prussians worked.. that was decidedly more important than: “a good and decent German girl, from a good and respectable German family, openly embraced him, married him, and had her children with him.” Which followed his military station.
    Also Prussia of the late 1800s was nothing like the American South of the same time period. If anything Africans which were quite a rarity in Central Europe were romanticized. Achieving the station of being a Prussian officer was de facto an acceptance of him.

    1. I see what you’re saying. I entirely agree that Prussia of the late 1800s was nothing like the American South of the same time period.
      My perspective is different from yours.

  2. At least he wasn’t forced to leave Germany and thrown shit upon his memory because of his race, unlike poor Haber…

    1. Fritz Haber, the guy who invented the ammonia synthesis, one of the greatest 20th century chemists and hardcore German patriot. He was sacked off Germany by the Nazis for being Jew.

    2. They’re perceived as unpatriotic because they’re taught not to take arms against fellow Jews; the ironic thing is that Christians are taught exactly the same, and still they do it!

  3. Anti-Semitism is one hell of a mindset.
    And while people often say Africans were romanticized in Europe, I learned by studying for this post that this view can be overstated.

    1. Yes, the parallels are there. And this whole phenomenon is interesting to me–taking this African boy and turning him, essentially, into a “White” man.

  4. Down here in Dixie we Southern White men often call White women like Gertrud Perlig a ‘DBF’ (short for ‘dirty Black fucker’).
    White trash like Perlig would be shunned by many respectable Southern Whites who rightly do not wish to soil their bloodlines with inferior Black/African blood.
    Perlig was probably mentally ill or something.

    1. Yes, yes, yes, mudsharks, etc.
      Here in CA there is little to none of that. The only issue might be her parents or relatives might not be so wild about it. Interracial couples are pretty common here and no one bats an eye. I’ve only known one guy who is opposed to race-mixing, and even he doesn’t mind as long as no kids are produced.

    2. “Like his father before him, Gustav Sabac el Cher was devoted to his country and to its military; he was a Prussian army officer and a member of the Stahlhelm Association, described as “reactionary front fighters.” He also served as a bandmaster for a Prussian regiment and later was a civilian conductor.
      “And like his father before him, he married a White German woman and led his life as a good German. He is said to have been pro-Hitler.”

      WS, is it just me or do you (or anyone else) notice how bizarre and out-of-context the timeline of this “Prussian” officer’s life is…??
      First of all, there was no “Stahlhelm Association” when el Cher was active in the Army, since there were no ‘steel helmets’ in 1890 — they were invented in 1916 to replace the famed “Pickelhaube’s” (spiked leather helmets)
      due to the exigencies of trench warfare in the First War of White Genocide, oops, I mean WW1.
      Secondly, how the heck could this “patriotic” Black “German” have been “pro-Hitler”, again, given the time in which he lived, and the time when Reichskanzler Hitler lived???
      Ah, the fantasies of the multiculturalists, …how they even make a supposed [sic] “pro-Hitler” African into an ostensible ‘good guy’…?

  5. First of all, I’m not a multiculturalist, although I’m sure you couldn’t resist labeling me one.
    I’m not interested in portraying Gustav Sabac el Cher as good, bad, or anything else. I attempted to tell a little bit of his story, and maybe to provoke a little bit of thought about his marriage to a German woman. But that was it.
    Don’t tell me: in addition to being a multiculturalist, I’m a Leftist, Marxist, socialist, Afrocentrist, and anti-white racist. Have I got it?

  6. “Don’t tell me: in addition to being a multiculturalist, I’m a Leftist, Marxist, socialist, Afrocentrist, and anti-white racist. Have I got it?”
    Actually, not al all, Alpha Unit. I’ve read all your work on this site and I must say you are a quite impressive and thoughtful writer.
    Additionally, I understand that you were quoting this story from a foreign source, a German one in this case, so my questions regarding the story’s narrative would not be directed to you at all — but towards the German (likely) multicults who scripted and obviously exaggerated the story to fit into a preconcieved paradigm.
    My critique was not so much even the inter-racial narrative of it (for I certainly believe it occured), rather it was the questionable timeline of soldaten el Cher somehow being ‘in all places at all significant times’ in recent Deutsche history.
    To reiterate, the Stalhelm Association (“Steel Helmets”) was a veterans group to be sure, however, they were created in the 1920’s, a full decade after the First World War (hence its name); and ‘support for Hitler’ was not a possible phenomenon or option until the 1930’s.
    And additionally, I understand and agree with Artricio and yourself when you both expressed some dismay that the story of the African el Cher was ‘romanticised’ and ‘kind of patronizing’, for I saw that too — and I felt, again, that the *German* multicultural authors of the story portrayed it this way, and took strong ‘artistic license’ in order to propagandize it for their purposes and for effect.
    “–And this whole phenomenon is interesting to me–taking this African boy and turning him, essentially, into a “White” man.–”
    I especially found this point of yours quite intriguing — and spot on.
    I’ll catch you later, AU.

    1. Damn it. And here I was, venting away at some imagined enemy.
      (Maybe I can offer some excuse. My laptop went into a coma last night, where it remains. This has been a stressful day.)
      According to the information I found, Gustav Sabac el Cher saw the ascension of Hitler as a positive development. He died a year after the Nazis came to power.

  7. “Damn it. And here I was, venting away at some imagined enemy.”
    (He he he, know what you mean.)
    I did some further research on this topic and found what the story told to certainly be within the realm of possibility (regarding el Cher’s military time-in-service); and I also agree and believe that as a patriotic German citizen and soldier, saw the acsension of Chancellor Hitler as a positive step in addressing the social morass and chaos in Germany that followed the unjust Versailles Treaty.
    Here is some other information I came across about another African in the Deutsches Heer (German Army), a Cameroonian named Elo Wilhelm Sambo, who was a godson of Kaiser Wilhelm II (among several others) –
    http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=945640&sid=d6a812a963a73a0d4e5163498e602882
    ~
    Although there is not much material – in English, at least – out there on these gentleman (el Cher and Wilhelm Sambo), there is A LOT more to be found on the story of the Askari’s, Germany’s African colonial troops, who with their German Kameraden (Comrades) kept the whole Allied war effort in Africa at a complete standstill, for the whole four years of the First World War.
    Here is the wiki entry on them –
    “The Schutztruppe recruited new personnel and expanded to its eventual size of some 14,000 soldiers, most of them Askari, but all well-trained and well-disciplined. Lettow-Vorbeck’s fluency in the Swahili language earned the instant respect and admiration of his African soldiers; he appointed black officers and “said — and believed — ‘we are all Africans here’.”
    “It is probable that no white commander of the era had so keen an appreciation of the African’s worth not only as a fighting man but as a man.”
    […]
    “Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck was a daring yet prudent commander who showed uncanny ability to fight a guerilla war in unfamiliar terrain. He was respected as a brilliant soldier and a first rate leader by his white officers, non-commissioned officers and Askaris – and beyond that, by his foes.
    “In the field when rations had to be reduced and supplies dwindled, it was a measure of the Askaris’ loyalty to their commander that they accepted the cuts and did not desert en masse. Some did desert, of course . . . [as did British, Belgian and Portuguese native troops]. But the German Askaris were by far the most loyal as well as the most effective, and it all went back to von Lettow’s brand of discipline, which bound him and his German officers as much as his black soldiers.
    “The East African campaign then was essentially about a “modestly immense Allied army” that was engaged by “a midget German force led by an obscure Prussian officer who could have conducted post-graduate courses in irregular warfare tactics for Che Guevara, General Giap and other more celebrated but far less skilled guerilla fighters.”
    “Lettow-Vorbeck’s exploits in the African bush have come down “as the greatest single guerilla operation in history, and the most successful.”
    […]
    “In 1953 he visited his other home, East Africa, where he was heartily welcomed by surviving Askaris who greeted him with their old marching song Heia Safari! and was received with courtesy and military honours by British colonial officials.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Emil_von_Lettow-Vorbeck
    ~
    First World War.com – Who’s Who – Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
    http://www.firstworldwar.com/bio/lettowvorbeck.htm
    Summary of Oberst Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck’s extraordinary military campaigns against the allies
    http://www.tokencoins.com/gea04a.htm

  8. “… as a patriotic German citizen and soldier, saw the acsension of Chancellor Hitler as a positive step in addressing the social morass and chaos in Germany that followed the unjust Versailles Treaty.” …
    Here is the real ‘Kronprinz’, Friedrich Wilhelm Victor August Ernst Hohenzollern von Preußen, the son of the His Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II (both the great-grandson and the grandson, respectively, of the “British” Queen Victoria), commenting on the travesty and utter injustice of the Jewish-inspired Versailles Treaty, which was really designed to set up Germany for the Second War of White Genocide, oops, the ‘Second’ World War:
    *Ein Interview mit Kronprinz Wilhelm von Preussen* (An Interview with Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KVHLjnP_UA&feature=PlayList&p=F93B397AA177B59E&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=1

  9. it is difficult to believe that with our advancement in the field of genetics that the ignorance of so many has not been washed away and ROMANTICISTS still consider themselves to be pure
    (if any of you see another white person be sure to check if they are really white, because some them may look white but are not really WHITE, like louis Little some may have blue eyes but it turns out to be ocular albinism, others may consider themselves to be PURE WHITE until they find out they have more African and Asian ancestry than European) if blond hair and blue eyes are traits of unblemished WHITNESS Nmachi Ihegboro is WHITER than most of you
    Lindsey you and your acokytes are so insecure it is pathetic, you use the achievements of other men for your own self aggrandizement while contributing nothing toward humanity, do any of you realize that no man lives forever and that all must die and rot away, three days after a person dies their flesh putrify and start to leak fluids even if your WHITE, ask a coroner which RACE looks the most beautiful when they are cut open.
    it seems your titles of superiority and delusions of grandeur carry little weight with your physical illnesses, hunger, body oders, your lack of indemnity and ultimate demize, the sad part is when you die the world will not be affected, life goes on and billions of people wont even know that any of you existed.
    Alexander may have ruled much of the Ancient world but where is he today and what have any of you children done to be compared with his achievements.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *