Suddenly, it’s cool to be German

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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.

New Yearbook for German-American Forty-eighters

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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.

White hyphenated Americans are treated differently than blacks

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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.

Resolving German heritage and history in La Crescenta

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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.

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