Part of the genius of choosing Benedict as pope--I mean genius in the literal sense, it was something not of human doing--is that it may finally put the kibosh on anti-German racism. Already the German press is apparently reacting with some anger to all the nonsense about "Hitler Youth" and a "Nazi pope."
As John Paul became a symbol of national pride for Poland, Benedict may become one for Germany. The perfect hero for modern Germany, just what the German soul needed: a hero of morality to expiate the sense of corporate sin.
God is pretty clever.