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How did the tradition of Oktoberfest start?
With the royal wedding. Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King of Bavaria, Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. Since then, Otoberfest is held at the same place every year (except for epidemics and wars).
How was the Berlin Wall officially called in the German Democratic Republic?
Anti-fascist Protection Rampart. The name implied that West Germany had not been fully de-Nazified. Before the Wall's erection, 3.5 million East Germans defected from the GDR. Between 1961 and 1989, the wall prevented almost all such emigration.
When is Oktoberfest held?
In September. The world's largest beer festival once took place in October, but was eventually prolonged and moved ahead to September to allow for better weather conditions. Today, the last day of the festival is the first Sunday in October.
Which luxury fashion house manufactured uniforms for SS using slave laborers?
Hugo Boss. In the 1930s, Hugo Boss advertising slogan was a "supplier for National Socialist uniforms since 1924". To meet demand in later years of the war, Boss used about 40 prisoners of war and about 150 forced laborers. In 1946, Hugo Boss was fined a heavy penalty as an activist and beneficiary of National Socialism but his business survived. In 1997, the company appeared in a list of Swiss dormant accounts.
Berlin Quadriga was once looted by invading army that captured Berlin. Where was it taken to?
Paris. After the 1806 Prussian defeat, Napoleon was the first to use the Brandenburg Gate for a triumphal procession and took the Quadriga to Paris. It was restored in 1814, after Napoleon's defeat and the Prussian occupation of Paris.
What does Borussia mean in the name of the Borussia Dortmund club? (this is not a word in German)
Prussia. The name Borussia comes from Latin and means Prussia.
Where is this famous castle?
In Germany. Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most important tourist attractions of Bavaria, with over 1.3 million visitors annually. The castle name was given by mistake: two newly built castles - Hohenschwangau and Schwanstein effectively swapped names. Hohenschwangau Castle replaced the ruins of Schwanstein Castle, and Neuschwanstein Castle replaced the ruins of the two Hohenschwangau Castles.
Where is this Holocaust Memorial?
In Berlin. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a well known memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It consists of 2,711 concrete blocks. Opened in 2005, this large memorial site (19,000 m², 4.7 acres) is today one of the must-see places in Berlin. It is estimated that some 3.5 million visitors entered the memorial in the first year it was open, or about 10,000 every day.