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German History A-Z

Can you guess these people, places, and things from German history starting with each letter of the alphabet?
Last updated: December 07, 2018
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Answer
A
What Karl Benz invented in 1885
Automobile
B
Capital of West Germany
Bonn
C
Great Frankish emperor who ruled much of France and Germany from
his capital at Aachen
Charlemagne
D
Former name of the city now known as Gdańsk
Danzig
E
Germany had this kind of "miracle" following WWII
Economic
F
Great King of Prussia who ruled from 1740 to 1786
Frederick
G
Brothers who collected and popularized fairy tales such as "Cinderella"
Brothers Grimm
H
According to a 1516 Bavarian law, beer can include only water, barley, and these
Hops
I
German military decoration introduced in 1813 and retired in 1945
Iron Cross
J
This country declared war on Germany in 1914 and promptly seized
most of its Pacific possessions
Japan
K
Russia annexed this city after WWII and renamed it Kaliningrad
Königsberg
L
He started the Protestant Reformation in 1517
Martin Luther
M
Bearded 19th century philosopher who inspired many 20th century revolutions
Karl Marx
N
This city was the site of Nazi rallies, and later, war crimes tribunals
Nuremberg
O
First name of "Iron Chancellor" von Bismarck
Otto
P
This stereotypically German food was commonly used as the emblem of baker's guilds
Pretzel
Q
Chinese city occupied by Germany from 1898 to 1914. Today it is the home
of China's second largest beer brewery
Qingdao
R
River that separated the Roman Empire from the Germanic tribes
Rhine
S
Germanic tribe that invaded England in the 400s
Saxons
T
Group of Crusaders that conquered the Baltic countries and converted
them to Christianity
Teutonic Knights
U
Germany's first one of these was established at Heidelberg in 1386
University
V
This type of rocket, used to attack Allied cities, became the first man-made
object to travel into space in 1944
V-2
W
Common name for the German republic between 1918 and 1933
Weimar Republic
X
Discovered in 1895, they are also known as Röntgen radiation
X-Rays
Y
Pagan holiday whose traditions were incorporated into Christmas celebrations
Yule
Z
Hydrogen filled airship that fell into disuse after the Hindenburg disaster
Zeppelin
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level 76
Dec 6, 2018
The Germans call Frederick *Friedrich*. Maybe give credit for that answer?
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level 76
Dec 6, 2018
That's what I tried too
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level ∞
Dec 6, 2018
Friedrich will work now
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level 66
Dec 7, 2018
Surely car should be acceptable for automobile?
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level 85
Dec 7, 2018
Only if you say 'A car' as the word car does not begin with the letter A!
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level 60
Mar 10, 2019
I hate to say this but I agree. I mean, who the hell uses the word "automobile" instead of "car" in this day and age. I literally thought the word and dismissed it because, I have never actually heard anyone use it, including ESL speakers. Edit: I have to take this back now because I googled "what did Karl Benz invent" and the first result was "automobile". Edit2: @ander317, I did understand the premise of the quiz, I just honestly never use the word automobile. I briefly considered it and (stupidly) discarded it without typing it to try. I was just trying to make excuses for my own idiocy. I didn't even try "Auto" which 5 years of secondary school German taught me means car. I'm so ashamed. :-(
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level 75
Mar 10, 2019
The title of this quiz was German History A-Z and this was the first clue, so the answer had to begin with A.
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level 65
Dec 7, 2018
I would have never gotten pretzels even though I live in Germany and I've worked in a bakery. In German it's written with a b (Brezel), so my mind didn't even go in that direction. I couldn't stop thinking of potatoes even though they're neither typically German nor that directly connected with baking.
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level 75
Dec 7, 2018
Dangit, I kept trying to think of what the V stands for. Didn't even try the answer given.

Fun facts about this rocket: its name translates to "Retribution Weapon." It could fly over 5000km/hr, and the 3000 that were manufactured killed about 9000 people directly. It was manufactured in Mittelbau-Dora, a slave labour concentration camp near Buchenwald; an estimated 20000 inmates died there. If you want to really have fun, look up Operation Paperclip or Operation Osoaviakhim to read about how its Nazi scientists were spirited away by the US and USSR to work on the Cold War.
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level 70
Dec 17, 2018
The U answer is pretty generic .... what about U-bahn or U-boat? Something a bit more German? Umlaut?
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level 70
Dec 17, 2018
Also maybe Edelweiss or Essen for E?
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level 60
Jan 31, 2019
I think the answer to U is just fine. I mean what would the question be to make U-Bahn or U-Boot/Boat historic? Or any less generic?
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level 61
Mar 10, 2019
Shouldn't 'Koenigsberg' be accepted?
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level 57
Mar 10, 2019
yeah, I tried it and when it didn't work I just went straight to next question.
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level 32
Mar 11, 2019
Could german spelling of Rhine (Rhein) work as well?
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level 38
Apr 19, 2019
Never even considered Pretzel; did not know that its origin was in Germany. Learn something new every day.
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level 62
Apr 22, 2019
The pretzel originated in Italy, later perfected in Germany. The original pretzels were treats made by monks (as the middle twist represents prayer) to give to good Sunday school pupils.