Joe Wendel and German Americans
American Nationalities Movement Captive Nations Dinner July 14, 2016
The American Nationalities Movement held the annual Captive Nations Dinner in Cleveland on July 14, 2016. Joe Wendel of the German Community and host of the German radio show on WCPN 90.3 was honored with the Freedom Award.
Wendel told how the Oktoberfest and other similar events allowed Germans to once again be open with pride in their heritage.
Wendel told how Japanese internment during World War II was publicized but the German and other internments were not publicized. There was a camp in Parma, a suburb of Cleveland, for example.
Wendel listed some of the contributions made by Germans like the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, Beethoven, Mozart, Gutenberg, Werner von Braun, Bach and more.
Marty Plax and Joe Wendel
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