Stereotypes of Germans  

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"What’s heaven? Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and the bankers are Swiss.

So then, what’s hell? Hell is where the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss and the bankers are Italian." [...]

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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In 20th century popular culture Germans and Austrians are often portrayed as wearing lederhosen, with blue eyes, blonde hair and large moustaches. They are often seen to be fond of beer, chocolate, sausage, David Hasselhoff, techno and war.

More offensively, they are Nazis.

In the American media, Germans are often shown as being authoritative and high-strung.

Germany is known for its car industry.

Scientists often stereotypically have German accents, likely because of Albert Einstein.

Austrians are often stereotyped as behaving like machines, probably because of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator.

And Prussians are stereotyped as being very disciplined and military-like, partly owing to Prussia's historically successful armies and Otto von Bismarck.

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