The Germans are a Germanic people, who as an ethnicity emerged during the Middle Ages. Originally part of the Holy Roman Empire, around 300 independent German states emerged during its decline after the Peace of Westphaliain 1648 ending the Thirty Years War, with Austria and Prussia-Brandenburg being the largest.
- 3,300,000 (descent)
Germans (German: Deutsche) are a germanic people in Central Europe. They live mostly in Germany (60 million) and as ethnic minority in Belgium, Denmark, Russia, Poland and France. A total of about 100 million Germans and people of German ancestry are in the world, specially in countries such as the United States, Brazil, Russia and Canada.
Volksdeutsche ("ethnic Germans") is a historical term which arose in the early 20th century and was used by the Nazis to describe ethnic Germans without German citizenship living outside of the Third Reich, although many had been in other areas for centuries.
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The Germans" (on some releases named "Fire Drill") is the sixth episode of the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers. In the episode, while suffering the effects of concussion, Basil Fawlty repeatedly offends some German guests. Despite warning his staff "Don't mention the war", he keeps ignoring his own advice.
Afro-Germans in Germany were socially isolated and forbidden to have sexual relations and marriages with Aryans by the Nuremberg Laws. In continued discrimination directed at the so-called Rhineland bastards, Nazi officials subjected some 500 Afro-German children in the Rhineland to forced sterilization.
The Volga Germans (German: Wolgadeutsche or Russlanddeutsche (a more generic term for all Russian Germans), Russian: Поволжские немцы, tr. Povolžskije njemcy) are ethnic Germans who colonized and historically lived along the Volga River in the region of southeastern European Russia around Saratov and to the south.
The Catholic Church in Germany also boasts one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of the country, the Cologne Cathedral. Other notable Catholic cathedrals are in Freising , Mainz ( St. Martin's Cathedral ), Fulda , Paderborn , Hildesheim , Regensburg , Frankfurt , Speyer , Munich ( Frauenkirche ), Worms , Berlin ( St. Hedwig's Cathedral ...
"The name Germany, on the other hand, they say, is modern and newly introduced, from the fact that the tribes which first crossed the Rhine and drove out the Gauls, and are now called Tungrians, were then called Germans.
Nazi Germany, officially known as the German Reich until 1943 and Greater German Reich in 1943–45, was the German state between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party controlled the country which they transformed into a dictatorship.