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  1. thedaffodils's Avatar
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    Sepp?

    His sister-in-law said that in hindsight, Fritzl's daily routine in which he balanced his "normal" life and his house of horrors was "uncanny".
    "Every day at nine o'clock he would go down in the cellar, allegedly to draw plans of machines that he then sold on to companies," she explained.
    "Often he would stay down there for the whole night, and Rosemarie was not even allowed to bring him a cup of coffee."


    Christine, whose surname was not released, is the first member of Mr Fritzl's close family to speak publicly.


    She said Mr Fritzl, 73, who was known as "Sepp", ruled his household like a military dictatorship.
    Dictator dungeon father would spend entire nights in cellar with incest family... as wife slept upstairs | the Daily Mail

    Hello,

    The above is an excerpt from Daily Mail (UK).

    I learned from Wikipedia that there was another dictator whose name was Josef and I knew that the author meant both two Josef are bad. Here are my questions.

    Q1: Is "Sepp" a nickname? Why is there a quote mark for Sepp?

    Q2: Since WW2 has past many years, Can British readers, especially most youngster, understand the connotation? Is Josef Sepp Dietrich well-known among Brits? Thanks.


    Josef "Sepp" Dietrich (May 28, 1892April 21/22, 1966) was a German Waffen-SS general, an SS-Oberstgruppenführer, and one of the closest men to Adolf Hitler. For his wartime services, he was one of only 27 men to be awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak leaves, Swords, and Diamonds.
    Below is the relevant link of Wikipedia.

    Sepp Dietrich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Sepp?

    Yes, Sepp (as well as Seppl) is a nickname for Josef / Joseph widely used in southern Germany or Austria. It is put in inverted commas to show that Sepp isn't his real name. The person is only called Sepp.

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    Re: Sepp?

    Guten tag, Snowcake! Thanks for your answer. Has " Sepp" any derogative connotation?

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    Re: Sepp?

    No, it hasn't. It's a common nickname in southern Germany (particularly Bavaria) or Austria, but you won't hear it often here in Northern Germany.


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