We Asked 12 People at Fremont Oktoberfest: Who's Your Favorite German?

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1
Wernher von Braun? Really?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEJ9HrZq…
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I was RILLY RILLY RILLY hoping someone would say Dr. Ruth, that little cutie
http://www.biography.com/people/dr-ruth-…
4
WERNER HERTZOG! DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH.
5
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe for me.
6
Peter Schilling.
7
Potato salad?

I think Erwin Rommel a pretty good German. He was Field Marshall in North Africa during WWII and widely feared/respected by his American and British adversaries largely because of his extraordinary tactical skills. He was also implicated in a plot to kill Hitler. I believe the fellow was forced to take a cyanide pill. Churchill acknowledged him in a speech to Parliament.

So, yeah I'd call the "Desert Fox" a favorite German
8
Marie Curie was Polish, actually -- it was her husband who was French.
9
Wim Wenders, and if Michael Haneke is Austrian (I think he is?), then second place to what @4 said, and 10,000 points awarded to what @6 said.
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@7 Rommel was in the plot to kill Hitler, but he was still a believing Nazi.

No love for Nietzsche?

Thankful nobody said Rosa Luxembourg.
11
Wernher von Braun? Really? Did they name him because Hitler was Austrian and so ineligible? They could have gone for Goering, or for Eichmann, I guess. Fncking idiots - and that's the generous interpretation. If they wanted some ambiguity, they could have gone for Wagner, but von Braun was a genuine monster. I've heard firsthand stories of how his rockets got built, and firsthand stories of what his rockets did when they were used. About the nicest thing you can say about him is that he accelerated the shift from nuclear bombers to ICBMs, which at least in theory reduced the risk of accidentally blowing up the world.

Also: Anne Frank: inspirational figure, totally worthy, but extremely Not German.
12
Hello? Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, etc. etc. etc.?
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Klaus Nomi.
14
Everyone in Kraftwerk.
15
There are no good or bad Germans. They were just following orders.
16
Werner Herzog, Dirk Nowitzki, Claus Von Stauffenberg and any member of Rammstein.
18
Marlene Dietrich
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What the fuck is this shit with the teeney-tiny beer glasses??? How the fuck do they have the gall to call that event Octoberfest? I bet all those people are drinking IPA's or some shit. Gahhhh......

(storms off into the distance, yelling to himself...)
20
Oh, Detlef Schrempf and Chris Welp too!
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Sabine Schmitz
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Lili Von Shtupp?
23
Can I pick two? I don't know which Grimm brother was a bigger deal.
24
Nena.
25
Robert Koch was pretty bad-ass. Also those unnamed monks brewing delicious beer for 1,000+ years at Andechs.
26
Rainer Werner Fassbinder & Ernst Lubitsch.

In terms of the living ones, Herzog. The man, the myth the legend.
27
<3
[Her] "I der know. I don't know. I don't
28
The Germans named by @12 certainly have given more to my life, if you exclude the ones I'm descended from.
29
Anne Frank was DUTCH. sheesh! my favorite Deutschlander is Beethoven.
30
Fffffffff I would happily, eagerly, ebulliently provide whatever amount of unreciprocated oral sex that aerospace engineer fancied in exchange for being lectured to about orbital mechanics or whatever. Jesus of fucking Christtown that is probably the sexiest thing I have ever seen/heard of in my life.
31
The person in the pic on Favorite German has one of the stupidest hats I have ever seen. The beard is a giveaway to a moron as his left thumbnail. The guy ain't right.
32
Robert Koch WAS bad-ass. So was his student, Julius Petri. And Ernst Haeckel was no slouch either.
And yeah, @12 is right: Buxtehude, Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, basically most of the great music of the west. We have to pick a favorite?
Alive today? Julius Adler and Christiane Nusslein-Volhard.
33
Oh where to start...

Fritz Lang
Albrecht Druerer
von Manstein
Billy Wilder
34
My grandmother. Bless her gentle Lutheran soul.
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I mean, Anne Frank was born in Germany. And was, um, "repatriated" back to Germany (and died there, obv).

Not that being born Dutch would have helped much; the Dutch were piss-poor at protecting even their native Jews.
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More to choose from:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slcYzUIPS…
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G.F.B. Reimann, of course, the greatest mathematical physicist who ever lived. All Einstein did was combine Reimann's quantum geometry with his former professor, Minkowski's ideas, to come up with general relativity (read Reimann's papers and note the similarity in definition).

John Curley's favorite German is Joan von Goth, although I believe the douchetard mean Johann von Goethe! (Effing twit!)
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@33 Billy Wilder was born in Austria, and I'd argue probably more American than German (if that makes sense), but I'm glad you made me look it up since I didn't know much about his life writing in Berlin.
39
hitler was austrian, so even if you're a nazi, he couldn't be your favorite german. he would be my least favorite austro-german...
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hildegard von bingen
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@16: I like your picks, but may I add the people in Eisbrecher?