The treatment of German Americans and German immigrants to America during World War I and World War II is recalled. Included: the 1918 lynching of coal miner Robert Prager; the 1942 internment of immigrant Max Ebel, who fled his native land after refusing to join the Hitler youth; the story of Hertha Nathorff, a trained doctor who oversaw Berlin's Red Cross Children's Hospital but, once in the U.S., could only find work as a cleaning lady and piano player.
New York City's Little Germany, where some 70,000 German families settled in the latter half of the 19th century, is remembered. Included: the story of the Steinwegs, who founded Steinway & Sons, which became known for its grand pianos. Also: a 1904 catastrophe in which the steamship General Slocum caught fire, killing more than 1000 German-Americans.
The story of an 1846 German settlement in Texas is related. The land for the community was purchased sight unseen and was in Comanche territory. Included: a yellow-fever epidemic; a second purchase of land, near the Guadalupe River, for what became New Braunfels.