German Immigration to the United States and Their Contribution to This Country

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In the United States of North America ethnic groups are easily found everywhere. As a result, the American culture is a combination of many other cultures such as Irish, Latin, African, British, etc. However, one of the most significant of these is the German culture. German influence over this country is so strong that it goes through science, to architecture, to music, to sports and entertainment. Germans left their homeland for several reasons such as, looking for an improved standard of living, and later looking for freedom from military connection and political oppression (1796-1815), etc. It is possible to say that Germans have been present in America since the United States belonged to Great Britain. According to Eltis (2002), as…show more content…
An illustration of this is during Hitler times, when it was thought that German descendants were loyal to their country and would follow Hitler. Actually, “the only group Hitler could actually rely on in his plans to unify the diverse German-American groups under National Socialist ideology and revive the German-Americans’ royalties to the Reich , was an organization of fanatical German Nazis in the USA, the German-American Bund .’’ (Secret intelligence in the twentieth century, 2003) However, this organization failed in achieving its goals because it was difficult to control, due to the members’ fanaticism and idealism. Following the same line of thought, during World War I, German-Americans were a target and a source of recruitment for the German intelligence services; nonetheless, not every German-American felt like betraying their new home, therefore, only a few joined the German intelligence service. Moreover, “During the Nazi era, German intelligence again utilized recently immigrated Germans as ‘ethnic agents’ who were guided political enthusiasm rather than by professional experience or by profound knowledge of their newly adopted country.” This caused misunderstanding sometimes due to their lack of professionalism; as a result, German intelligence was not very successful during either war. Equally or even more important to the assimilation and accommodation of Germans in the United States is their contribution to this country. The
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