GERMAN-AMERICAN BOND OF FRIENDSHIP
FOR THE ONES WHO BELIEVE IN MORALS, VALUES AND DEMOCRACY
"Good friends bring joy into your life. Great friends bring music."
⋆ OVER HERE AND OVER THERE ⋆
STRONG BOND OF FRIENDSHIP
The American German bond of friendship is a strong one, especially among ordinary
people. 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. Also,
many state-approved organizations on both sides are promoting good relations between the United States of America and Germany.
⋆ GERMAN AMERICAN DAY IN THE U.S.⋆
On October 6th, America celebrates the German-American Day to commemorate 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 to live and began to settle in the U.S.
Also, the German Revolution's failure 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.
⋆ AMERICANS IN GERMANY ⋆
On the other hand, also Americans influenced the German way of life if you consider the music. Today, the music industry is interconnected and artists inspire each other. In architecture, "Little
Manhatten" (Frankfurt) was influenced by the bright lights of America's skylines. These days, a trip across the ocean is a welcoming change for many Germans and Americans. No matter the weather,
there seems to be always at least one transnational bond, welcoming "friends" to come and go.