Dr. Heinrich Piebrock:
helped build America
- and how has America repaid them?
Twice in the 20th century, within a span of only 24 years, the rulers of America
felt called upon to combat an alleged threat to democracy and world peace by
waging a "holy war" in Europe, against the will of their people. Twice they
repudiated their own founding ideals and drew on their inexhaustible resources to
stand by the side of powers who had divided the world amongst themselves in
wars - joining forces against a nation that had no possessions beyond its own
borders after the First World War, and from which they had only gained benefits
in the past.
In costly battles Germans had once contributed to winning young America's
independence from the British Crown. The nation's subsequent development from
primitive beginnings to a position of world leadership in industry and trade is
unthinkable without the hard work, efficiency and high moral virtues of the
But the Germans, as numerically the largest ethnic group in the United States,
were not only the driving force in America's material development. Germans set
the tone in education and research, and insofar as one can speak of American
culture and American intellectual life, it was the enrichment brought by the
Germans, with their naturally cheerful way of life and particularly their
unparalleled patronage of music, that helped overcome the sterile Puritanism
of Anglo-Saxon life, to the benefit of the entire nation.
The accounts in this booklet, based on the reports of
well-known emigrants, give an idea of the scope of German achievements in
America - and also of the betrayal committed by
a power-hungry financial and political clique against the most honest, loyal and
decent among their citizens, and against their native land.
(55 pages, 13.5 x 21 cm, booklet, with some b/w illustrations.)