CULTURE (2017 | Issue 3)

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German Cultural Icons

Germany has been the birthplace of many inventors, musicians, artists, poets and philosophers who changed the world as we know it. What’s Up, Germany? raises a toast to some iconic Germans. The list is too long to be complete!

Scientists & Inventors

Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Johannes Kepler, Carl Bosch, Wilhelm Röntgen, Konrad Zuse, Levi Strauss, Rudolf Diesel, Johannes Gutenberg

Artists

Max Ernst, Albrecht Dürer, Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Sigmar Polke, Joseph Beuys, Emil Nolde

Philosophers

Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg Hegel, Karl Marx, Arthur Schopenhauer, Jürgen Habermas, Martin Heidegger

Writers

Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Günter Grass, Heinrich Böll, Bertolt Brecht, Hermann Hesse, Grimm brothers, Herta Müller, Cornelia Funke

Composers

Richard Wagner, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Georg Friedrich Händel, Felix Mendelssohn, Hans Zimmer, Robert Schumann

Film-makers

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Wolfgang Petersen, Volker Schlöndorff

Tennis Players

Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, Michael Stich

Fashion Designers

Karl Lagerfeld, Jil Sander, Wolgang Joop, Hugo Boss, Philipp Plein

Racing Drivers

Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel

Fashion Models

Heidi Klum, Claudia Schiffer, Julia Stegner, Toni Garrn, Antonia Wesseloh

Actors

Marlene Dietrich, Diane Kruger, Franka Potente, Til Schweiger, Alexander Fehling

Hollywood's German Connection

Some of Hollywood’s most popular actors are of German descent. What’s Up, Germany? presents an impressive list.

Actors

Leonardo Di Caprio, Bruce Willis, Michael Fassbender, David Hasselhoff, Nick Nolte

Actresses

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kirsten Dunst, Katherine Heigl, Tina Fey, Sandra Bullock