AMERICAN GERMAN BAND OF FRIENDSHIP

U.S. ROOM GERMANY

STRONG BOND OF FRIENDSHIP

The meaning of friendship is not words but meanings

-HENRY DAVID THOREAU-

OVER HERE AND OVER THERE

     The American German bond of friendship is a strong one, especially among common people, and this special bond can be seen on both sides of the Atlantic. This site depicts the German American Day in the U.S., German influences on American culture as well as American influences on German society, especially after World War II. The German-American Friendship Garden, located on the National Mall in Washington D.C., is just one symbol among others, representing the bond of friendship between two nations.


GERMAN AMERICAN DAY IN THE U.S.

A STRONG SYMBOL OF FRIENDSHIP

Germantown (Pennsylvania)
Germantown (Pennsylvania)

     On October 6th, America celebrates the German-American Day to commemorate a group of 13 Quaker families from Krefeld left for the New World, where they founded Germantown in 1683. German mass emigration to the United States started in the early 19th century when German farmers did not have enough land for a living and started to settle in the U.S.

 

     Also, the failure of the German Revolution in 1848 triggered an emigration of many supporters to the USA. Today they are known as the "48ers".

 

     Once in America, the Germans initially established themselves as a respected immigrant group. Germans such as Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Henry E. Steinway (known in Germany as Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg), Levi Strauss and Albert Einstein became famous Americans just to name a few. They all contributed to the architecture of America.

AMERICANIZATION OF WEST GERMANY

AMERICANS IN GERMANY

     A strong degree of Americanization could have been observed in West Germany after World War II. West Germany was the most Americanized country outside America, a fact that can be seen still today in Frankfurt. The city is the only one in continental Europe with skyscrapers. That brought Frankfurt the nickname "Little Manhatten". Before the Second World War, the tickets for a journey across the Atlantic Ocean were expensive and the way to travel to the other continent was by ocean liner. The journeys were long and the average earnings low. Another part of Americanization is the language. It is well-known that the contact of cultures comes hand in hand with the contact of languages. There are plenty of Americanisms in the German language such as those words which entered the language in the fields of fashion and sports. I can remember growing up as an American German in Germany with soldiers who were invited for Christmas by my grandparents, listening to the military music right across the fence of our mini-golf business in the town park and going with some friends to German American festivals. American brands, especially in the fields of sports and foodservice industry are part of the German lifeworld. Nevertheless, the German culture stayed unique and has plenty of beautiful parts, worth visiting for every American. The German cuisine, for instance, is always a highlight. Try roast meat with dumplings or a beef roulade with stuffings.