Category: Germany

Gustav Gerneth, a German man who was born in 1905 (when Germany…

Gustav Gerneth, a German man who was born in 1905 (when Germany was still ruled by Emperors), was 12 at the end of WWI, 40 at the end of WWII, 84 at the fall of the Berlin Wall, and is still alive at 113 years old.

Photo :  Stredic / wikimedia

In Germany, it is illegal to kill any animal that is a…

In Germany, it is illegal to kill any animal that is a vertebrate “without proper reason” like the animal being ill or a danger to humans. Because of this, all German animal shelters are no-kill.

Giving the Nazi salute in Germany could result in a six-month…

Giving the Nazi salute in Germany could result in a six-month prison sentence.

Photo : German Federal Archive

Hitler used an arson attack on the German parliament to justify…

Hitler used an arson attack on the German parliament to justify taking away most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association, public assembly and the secrecy of the post and telephone.

Photo © Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H1216-0500-002 / CC-BY-SA

Some bars in Germany are connected by a 5 km (3 Mile) beer…

Some bars in Germany are connected by a 5 km (3 Mile) beer pipeline.

During WWII, over 34,000 German POWs were held in prison camps…

During WWII, over 34,000 German POWs were held in prison camps in Canada. The Canadians treated the POWs so well that many of them eventually immigrated back to Canada after the war.

Photo : PC/Bibliothèque et Archives Canada/Frank L. Dubervill

The German grocery store Aldi is actually two stores: Aldi Nord…

The German grocery store Aldi is actually two stores: Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud. In the US, Aldi Sud has been rebranded as Aldi, and Aldi Nord is what we now know as Trader Joe’s.

Photo : David P Howard / Geograph.ie

Teddy Roosevelt’s son fought in WWI as a pilot. He was killed in…

Teddy Roosevelt’s son fought in WWI as a pilot. He was killed in a dogfight and his plane crashed behind enemy lines. The Germans gave him a full military burial with honors. Reportedly, they admired that a president’s son chose to fight.

Russian fighter pilot Alexey Maresyev’s plane was shot down by…

Russian fighter pilot Alexey Maresyev’s plane was shot down by the Germans in 1942 and he crash landed in enemy territory. Both his legs were severely mangled, but he managed to get himself to friendly turf after crawling for 18 days in snow. His legs had to be amputated below the knee. He got himself on crutches and prosthetics and within a year danced in front of a judge to prove he was battle ready. He then went on to fly 86 combat missions and took out 11 enemy warplanes.

In Germany, when a kid becomes an adult at age 18, they can get…

In Germany, when a kid becomes an adult at age 18, they can get rid of all their debt by offering their debtors everything they own at that point. The young adult is relieved from all other debts they can’t pay back so that no young adult has to face a life in debt for things they did as a teenager.