It was a contentious time. People saw enemies everywhere, streets were renamed, German-sounding names changed, and Cincinnati was not immune.
Our Pennsylvania Dutch people who had immigrated to the American frontier were on the cutting edge of discovering New World goods and opportunities to create new Americana ways of life.
There’s a certain level of peace Andy Alison said he feels when he reads his great grandfather’s journals.
In the mid-to-late 1800s, millions of German citizens left their homeland and settled as immigrants in the United States. The 1900 U.S. Census documented that over half the citizens in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota were German immigrants or their descendents
A video by a German talk show comedian hopes to introduce the new American President to Deutschland, hoping he’ll make his motto ‘America first, Germany second’.
More than 70 years after the defeat of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, it’s still hard for many Americans to imagine what the world was like before we fought alongside Britain in two brutal wars against the Germans.
Dr. Ludwig Rehfuss (1806-55) has the honor of setting up the first Christmas tree in Cincinnati in the early 19th century. A German immigrant from Baden-Württemberg, Rehfuss was a medical doctor who came to Cincinnati in 1833 and opened a pharmacy. Pictured above: Don Heinrich Tolzmann, the author.
In the midst of World War I (1914-1918) there was a campaign to cut German-language instruction from the public schools, on the theory that the language was a way to spread un-American ideas. Sometimes a German was forced to kiss the American flag, and, one day, in April, 1918, an Illinois mob of miners lynched a German immigrant.
An impassioned 111-year-old letter written by Donald Trump’s grandfather appealing his expulsion from his German homeland has turned up in regional German archives.
What is believed to be the earliest known copy of the text of the popular Christmas carol Silent Night – “Stille Nacht” – has been found in an antiques shop in Vienna.