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Smashing a few German Stereotypes

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I’ve come out from behind my computer keyboard a few times lately to do promotion for various projects, and as a result, I’m being asked some strange questions. Now, I realize that stereotypes come from somewhere… but you would think that a few of these German people stereotypes would just vanish because of their ridiculousness. […]

What is a Turnverein? How do Turners fit into American History?

What is the Vogelhochzeit? It’s a song to Welcome Spring!

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Germans do love to sing, and they especially love their Folk songs. One of my favorite German Folk Songs is the Vogelhochzeit. In German School I loved singing the fi-de-ralala part over and over. And with so many verses, the song can go on longer than the Twelve days of Christmas! (I have a feeling […]

What is a Turnverein? How do Turners fit into American History?

Thinking about Muttersprache – Tag der Muttersprache

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Deutschland.de reached out to me to do a piece for the Tag der Muttersprache (Day of Native Language) which falls on February 21. So I was thinking about Muttersprache, and it’s LITERAL meaning… Mother Speech. Although I grew up in California, German was my first language. The language of my mother. And after THIS MANY […]

What is a Turnverein? How do Turners fit into American History?

What not to do in Germany- Simple Survival Tips for Enjoying German Culture

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In many ways, Germany is very much like everywhere else, people generally put their pants on one leg at at time. BUT, some things are different, some things that the average American does every day are just not as acceptable in Germany. How do you know what to do? Here’s an almost complete lists of […]

A Visit to the Nuremberg Toy Museum- Spielzeugmuseum Nuremberg

Plymouth Junge Kameraden Band- An American High School Band Playing German Music!

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  “So ein Tag, so wunderschön wie Heute“… when I heard those words sung, I immediately flashed back to my childhood. My mother playing this on her record player… my Oma’s radio… singing in German school. But the source was unexpected; the singer was a beautiful High School girl, standing in front of the Plymouth […]

What is a Turnverein? How do Turners fit into American History?

German Genealogy Databases Online -Find your German Family

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For many German-Americans, tracing their history is not so easy. Records were lost or destroyed, and the old script can be difficult to read. While I am by no means an expert, I have found some German Genealogy Databases online that can help you find a little more about your German Ancestry. I’ve also included links […]

What is a Turnverein? How do Turners fit into American History?