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A Visit to the Heurich House Museum in Washington DC

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In the early 1940’s,  German-American Brewer, Christian Heurich, owned more land and employed more people in Washington DC than any entity other than the Federal Government. An amazing accomplishment for a man who came to the United States from the small village of Haina in the Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen in 1866 with only $200 in […]

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

Burning Beethoven: The Eradication of German Culture in the United States during World War

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I get messages all the time from people lamenting the lack of German shops and Restaurants… worries from people because the German clubs are getting fewer… sadness from people wondering why German isn’t being taught in their schools. Regret that they never learned the language from parents or Grandparents… that it was even “forbidden” in […]

A Visit to the Heurich House Museum in Washington DC

The Train to Crystal City review- German Families Locked Up in WW2

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I recently read about Democratic Representative from Texas Joaquin Castros Congressional Bill: The Wartime Violation of German American Civil Liberties Act of 2022. Like many American school children, I learned about the Internment of thousands of Japanese who lived in the US, but my teachers never told us about the over 11,000 German Americans locked […]

A Visit to the Heurich House Museum in Washington DC

The Katzenjammer Kids- A German-American Comic for over 100 Years

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On Dec.12, 1897 a comic strip featuring a German-American family with a distinctly Denglish accent made its first appearance in a Sunday Supplement of the New York Journal. The Katzenjammer Kids featured twins Hans and Fritz, two boys who were always up to mischief and pranks. The word Katzenjammer basically means “Cat Wailing” or caterwauling, […]

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

The Candy Bomber – The Berlin Airlift & Operation Little Vittles

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Cover Image-C-54 dropping candy during Berlin Airlift c1949 – Public Domain In a 2021 newsletter, I mentioned that I would be writing about the Candy Bomber who dropped handkerchief parachutes with chocolate payloads for the children of Berlin during the Airlift. One of my readers, Dorothea Thunig Smith, reached out to me with a lovely […]

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

Who Was Baron von Steuben? A German-born American Patriot

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In 1783, in his final letter as Commander of the American forces, George Washington thanked General von Steuben for his “faithful and meritorious Services“. Who was Baron von Steuben? And how did a Prussian Baron end up crossing the ocean, and essentially turn around the American forces to help them win the Revolutionary war? Von […]

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

The Gingerbread for Liberty Book- The Story of a German American Hero during the Revolution

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Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution Gingerbread for Liberty book a beautifully illustrated children’s book by Mara Rockliff is based on the true story of Christopher Ludwich, a German Baker who arrived in America as a young man. Ludwich was known for his delicious Gingerbread, and his motto “no […]

A Visit to the Heurich House Museum in Washington DC

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