This is a family history, starting from a tragic family visit to Canada from Austria, and ending a few generations later in Atlanta, Georgia. Because of the different wars the family lived through, they were perceived differently in every community in…
This story is about Anja Cain, who grew up in West Berlin. Her parents were resistance fighters against the Berlin Wall, leading to their hardship and her mother's capture. Anja then met her husband through mutual friends and they moved to the United…
Ludwig Draeger decided to buy a farm in 1883. Over a century later, the farm is still in my family and represents the most influential object we have that has been passed down from each generation.
Wilhelm Hepting was born in a German-speaking community in Manitoba, Canada during 1903. In 1918 he became ill and nearly died. In 1922 he moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota to attend seminary at Concordia, Saint Paul. He spent the remainder of his life as a…
Sarah Ella Giefer talks about a book belonging to her family,a personal encyclopedia of Giefers. The book is called "The Giefer Family in Germany and the United States". It has 2 volumes, 700 pages, and has information in it on hundreds of Giefers.
Aki Berndt was born in 1955 in Mönchengladbach, Germany. He married an American woman and lived in Berlin before moving to Minnesota in 2000. After he lost his job as an architect in 2009, he began to bake bread and opened his own bakery, Aki's BreadHaus,…
Frank Klode was born in Germany in 1866. In 1882, he immigrated to the United States with his parents, Franz and Maria. They settled in Wisconsin, where several generations of Frank's descendants lived and started their own businesses.
Walter Kohlstrunk was born in Germany in 1892. He served in the German army from 1910-1912. When he was released, he worked on a passenger steamship to travel the world. When Germany entered World War I and recalled its former soldiers to fight, Walter…