Caption: Drawings from the kids of the Liebfrauen school
Drawings from the kids of the Liebfrauen school 

Who are the largest ethnic group in America?

From: Radijojo World Children's Radio Network
Length: 37:35

40 million Americans have German ancestry, but none speak German-how come? Why did the Germans emigrate at all? And the amazing story of the treaty that was made by German settlers with the Comanche-Indians, which is the only treaty made with native Indians in America that was never broken. US journalist Nick Kumanoff tells German kids this and much more about emigration to America from early times till today.

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Kid's from the Class 8c of the Liebfrauen Catholic school in Berlin interview the US journalist Nick Kumanoff from New Jersey. He tells fascinating transatlantic secrets, about German roots in America. Now we can share it with the millions of kids in America and Europe. He starts his lecture explaining about emigration and what it is. Then he reveals how the first German settlers in Texas (at that time America had not been officially founded as a country; Texas was a country for itself) were stricken with sickness and learned to make Tortilla from the Spanish settlers, that had already settled in that part of Texas.. He goes on to explain how Otfried Hans von Meusebach (a German settler) made a treaty with the Comanche Indians, which is the only treaty that was made with Native Indians, not to be broken to this day. He tells of how 40 million Americans claim to have German ancestry, about how in 1900, 80,000 Germans bought a New York newspaper printed in German. Also how during world war 1, how it was like to live in America being of German ancestry.

 

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Kid's from the Class 8c of the Liebfrauen Catholic school in Berlin interview the US journalist Nick Kumanoff from New Jersey. He tells fascinating transatlantic secrets, about German roots in America. Now we can share it with the millions of kids in America and Europe. He starts his lecture explaining about emigration and what it is. Then he reveals how the first German settlers in Texas (at that time America had not been officially founded as a country; Texas was a country for itself) were stricken with sickness and learned to make Tortilla from the Spanish settlers, that had already settled in that part of Texas.. He goes on to explain how Otfried Hans von Meusebach (a German settler) made a treaty with the Comanche Indians, which is the only treaty that was made with Native Indians, not to be broken to this day. He tells of how 40 million Americans claim to have German ancestry, about how in 1900, 80,000 Germans bought a New York newspaper printed in German. Also how during world war 1, how it was like to live in America being of German ancestry.

 

Broadcast History

www.across-the-ocean.org, ALEX community Radio Berlin, Germany, Herbstradio community Radio Berlin, Free Radio Network in Germany

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

40 million Americans claim German ancestry, making Germany the largest minority in the US - but very little speak German. How come? And what is this crazy story of the peace treaty between the Comanche tribe and German settlers in Texas about? Kids in Berlin, Germany, found out some interesting secrets about German-American history. Who better to talk to than one of the best experts in this fascinating yet widely unknown field: Nick Kumanoff, a journalist from New Jersey. Here is their interview - a compelling document of living history, discovered by youth themselves.

OUTRO:

Thanks to Nick Kumanoff, American journalist living in Berlin, Germany and to catholic School Liebfrauen Berlin for their great work.
If you kids all across America want join the Transtatlantic kids radio with a report, a song or a poem: Please contact transtatlantic@radijojo.de and check out www.across-the-ocean.org - or ask your parents or teacher for assistance.
Thanks to the Transtlantic programm of the German Federal Government for support "Across the Ocean".

Additional Credits

Thanks to Nick Kumanoff, American journalist living in Berlin, Germany and to Katholic School Liebfrauen Berlin for their great work.

Related Website

www.across-the-ocean.org