How Well Do You Know Famous German Terms from World War II?
by John Miller
"Sieg Heil" was just the beginning. From "Luftwaffe" to "SS," Germany's Third Reich produced some of the most memorable (and terrifying) terms that still litter human language. Do you know more of them than you realize?
What was the German term for "lightning war," a series of fast, armored strikes meant to smash defensive lines?
When the Nazis used the word, "Untermenschen," to what were they referring?
Deutschlandsender referred to which communications system?
Nazi satellite systems
Nazi Pony Express
To what activity does the word "bücherverbrennung" refer?
What's the word for the German highway system constructed by the Nazis?
What was the "SS"?
A Nazi folk rock band
A type of German sausage
Elite German troops
What was the term that the Nazis used to describe someone they believed was racially superior?
What is "Mein Kampf"?
A German machine gun
A type of Nazi cheese
What does the phrase, "Drang nach Osten" mean?
"Drive to the East"
"Fly to the Moon"
"Let's bomb London"
The word "Daseinskampf" refers to the Nazi idea of struggling for _____.
What was the name of the Nazi secret police?
If the Nazis called you a "Ehrenarier," what did it mean?
You were a slave to the system
You were condemned to die
You were an honorary Aryan
What was the purpose of the military squad called "Einsatzgruppen"?
It organized fun parties
It was a Nazi death squad
They dug potatoes
What was an official title bestowed on Hitler?
Which term was used to describe a Nazi doctor's power to declare whether a person's poor health made him or her a burden to society?
What did the phrase, "Blut and boden" mean?
"Blood and soil"
"Oil for money"
"Dishes and soap"
The "Luftwaffe" referred to which branch of the Nazi military?
What was the purpose of the Nazi Sturmabteilungen troops?
They were young Austrian children
They were storm troopers
They were special Jewish troops
To what group did "Nationalsozialist" refer?
The Nazis, of course
What was the name of the German army?
What did it mean if Nazi troops set out to "liquidieren" a political opponent?
It meant that they recruited him into the German army
It meant they killed him
It meant they sold him to a slave-trading company
The word "Atomwaffe" referred to what weapon?
What was the "Volkssturm"?
A thunderstorm that struck Berlin
An emergency Nazi military force
A type of German stew
To what aspect of Nazi life did the word "Obergruppenführer" refer?
It was Hitler's dog's name
The "V-1" and "V-2" were a type of _____.
Nazi badge of honor
Nazi secret soldier program
The word "konzentrationslager" referred to which horrifying aspect of Nazi racial cleansing?
The "totenkopf" was a terrifying symbol worn by Nazi troops. What was its appearance?
It featured a human skull
It had a swastika and roses
It had a large gun that was actually a cigarette lighter
The term "panzerkampfwagen" specified which sort of German weapon?
Portable machine guns
The Sicherheitspolizei was an agency that was part of the _____.
What did it mean if you were part of the "selektion" in a concentration camp?