"Historically, many Germans have been captivated by American culture, from the lore of the West to jazz to modern methods of production," said Remy. "But there's also a more ominous explanation. I think it represents the long-standing German fascination with and fear of frontiers. There may be a parallel between the conquest of the West and its sometimes violent clash of cultures and Germany's drive for expansion and a 'new order' in the first half of the 20th century."
Unfortunately for me, a Dutch defender of Karl May and Winnetou wrote to say I was wrong. Unfortunately for him, I was right. I read the first book in the series to confirm that yes, May's message was one of Aryan supremacy.
We've been debating this subject off and on since July 2001. The latest installments are now online. This argument is long and perhaps tedious, but if you want to check it out, it's here.