German Cincinnati Revisited illuminates the major festivities, celebrations, and events throughout the calendar year in the Greater Cincinnati area that reflect the German heritage of the region.
A remarkable rehabilitation of Germany’s image is taking place. As a million migrants fled to Germany last year, it became known for its “welcome culture.” Chancellor Angela Merkel was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and named the “Person of the Year” by Time magazine.
Did Hitler really snub U.S. sprinter and gold-medal winner Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics? The truth is Owens was snubbed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt who, according to Owens himself, would not even send a telegram to congratulate him.
The families of executed and missing prisoners in the German enclave Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Colony) during Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s regime asked support from the German government so that the site, now renamed Villa Baviera, closes its doors to tourism and is turned into a memorial site.
On June 14, 2016, President Obama strongly condemned Donald Trump’s xenophobic comments following the horrific massacre in Orlando, comments that essentially reiterated his earlier calls to ban all Muslims from emigrating to the United States.
A growing international Germanic genealogy organization has set the date for the first of what is to become a biennial international conference offering Germanic family researchers unique opportunities to connect with people from other countries. Image: Skyline of Minneapolis.
Until 1990, Donald Trump claimed Swedish heritage, even though his family traces its roots to Kallstadt, a small town in southwest Germany. Some 50 million Americans trace their heritage to the German-speaking countries of Europe. Above: Donald Trump as the 1999 Grand Marshal of the German-American Steuben Parade
The Yearbook of the Stoltenberg Institute of German-American Forty-Eighter Studies has just been published. Edited by Dr. Joachim Reppmann (pictured above), the Yearbook aims to serve as an international forum for scholarly research and discourse on the Forty-Eighters who came to America after the failure of the 1848 Revolution.
I have heard the term “African-American” used interchangeably with “black” all my life but have never been comfortable with it. Whenever I had to fill in a box describing my race, ethnicity, or nationality, I would always check “African-American,” but couldn’t help but wonder why the other kids in my predominantly white school weren’t labeled by their ethnic roots.
As a tribute to German-American heritage, Los Angeles County put up a sign at Hindenburg Park in Crescenta Valley Park, CA. It was named after Paul von Hindenburg, the second president of Germany who served from 1925 to 1934 and was one of the country’s most esteemed war heroes. But the park holds a darker history, too: It was the site of rallies and meetings celebrating Hitler and the Third Reich.