German Post-War History

How much do you know about the history of Germany after World War 2?
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Last updated: December 28, 2019
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1. Which year is often remembered as the one that started a process of openly dealing with the Nazi era?
Student protests took place in many countries that year, and they were often directed against conservative parents. The German youth had a special reason.
2. Which decision made by Willy Brandt in 1971 met fierce opposition?
Utilizing nuclear energy
Renouncing land claims in Poland
Rebuilding an army
Initially, reunification was understood as including parts of the former empire which were lost after WW2. Many conservatives considered Brandt a traitor. However, this is not an issue in modern politics.
3. Chancellor Schröder refused to join the United States in which war?
Iraq (2003)
Strangely, German Shepherds were not renamed Freedom Shepherds in the US.
4. Which initiative greatly helped Germany recover from World War 2?
McArthur Plan
Eisenhower Plan
Marshall Plan
Patton Plan
5. What was West Germany's capital?
West Berlin
6. What kind of "miracle" happened during the 1950s?
7. Who said that he was a Berliner (or a jelly doughnut, depending on what you want to hear)?
Ronald Reagan
Charles de Gaulle
Mikhail Gorbachev
John F. Kennedy
8. Which fact about third chancellor Kurt-Georg Kiesinger is true?
He used to be a member of the Nazi party.
He was assassinated.
He later became UN general secretary.
Kiesinger joined enthusiastically in 1933, although he was later denounced as a "hamperer of actions against the Jews" by his colleagues.
9. Why did chancellor Willy Brandt fall to his knees?
He was looking for coins on the ground
He apologised for WW2 crimes
He had a heart attack during a speech
10. What happened during the Munich Summer Olympics in 1972?
It was interrupted by student riots
East and West Germany almost went to war
Palestine terrorists killed Israeli athletes
11. West Germany was plagued by the RAF in the 1970s. What was it?
the name for ongoing war reparations
a far-left terrorist group
a series of censorship legislations
12. What was the Stasi?
the name of allied-occupied Berlin
the East German secret police
the denazification program
13. Who were Günter Grass, Heinrich Böll and Christa Wolf?
14. What did president Richard von Weizsäcker define May 8, 1945 in a 40th anniversary speech?
A Day of Defeat
A Day of Humiliation
A Day of Liberation
A Day of Glory
15. Which region has been known for its increased neo-Nazi activity since at least the 1990s?
the Ruhr Area
Eastern Germany (the former GDR)
16. Facing German reunification, which foreign leader said: "We defeated the Germans twice! And now they're back!"
George H.W. Bush
Mikhail Gorbachev
François Mitterand
Margaret Thatcher
The others were less skeptic. Bush strongly supported the process.
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