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One World Day 2018

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) hosted the 73rd annual One World Day on September 16, 2018. A highlight is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. The German Garden was well-represented in the Parade.

German Garden in Parade of Flags at 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

German Garden in Parade of Flags

German Garden in Parade of Flags at 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

German Garden in Parade of Flags at 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

See video, photos and more from the Parade of Flags

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Fashions from Germany (Bavaria) at Cleveland multicultural party

A highlight of the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland was the International Fashion Show featuring almost 100 models from about 30 countries.

Laura Vadaj and Jim Stracensky represented Bavaria, Germany's largest state. Laura is wearing a dirndl, the traditional Ladies' dress of Bavaria. Based on the traditional clothing of the farming people of the Alps. The dirndl consists of a bodice and full skirt and is worn with a puffy-sleeved blouse, an apron, and white stockings. A silver necklace is often worn as an accessory. The colors of dirndl, white and blue-echo the Bavarian flag.

Jim is wearing lederhosen, which are embroidered knee breeches made of leather. Originally worn in the Alpine region for hard physical labor because of their durability. Lederhosen are now considered part of the Bavarian folk costume and are worn at festivals as a symbol of regional pride.

(Click on the white arrow to watch the video)

Laura Vadaj and Jim Stracensky representing Bavaria, Germany's largest state

Jim Stracensky and Laura Vadaj
representing Bavaria, Germany's largest state

See more from the Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration

Oktoberfest at County Fairgrounds

The annual Cleveland Oktoberfest was held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on Labor Day weekend.

Living Glockenspiel at Oktoberfest

See some photos and videos of the Glockenspiel performances.


Cleveland Bavarian community at Cleveland Multicultural Event

The Cleveland Bavarian Community was represented at the 7th annual International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) holiday party on December 14, 2016.

120 people participated in the fashion show and each walked the runway to music from their country. Click on the white arrow to watch the short video of the Bavarian models Edith Hoffmann, Laura Vadaj and Jim Stracensky.

Fashions from Bavaria

Fashions from Bavaria

Fashions from Bavaria

See more from the 2016 International Fashion Show

Joe Wendel honored by American Nationalities Movement

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.

Joe Wendel giving his speech

Joe Wendel

In his acceptance speech, Joe talked about German pride, internment camps during the World Wars and great German people and accomplishments.

Photos and Videos of the Joe Wendel award event


99 Red Balloons in the German Cultural Garden

Over 185 people gathered in the German Cultural Garden in Cleveland to celebrate the 99th year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

They gathered with 99 red balloons and posed in front of the huge Goethe-Schiller statue as the Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle (brass band) played the 1983 German pop hit 99 Luftballons (99 re balloons) by Nena.

4 pages of photos and videos from the event including remarks from Honorary German Consul Diana Thimmig, Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford and German Garden delegate Hans Kopp.

Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle in the German Cultural Garden

The Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle performed in the German Cultural Garden in Cleveland to celebrate the 99th year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

They played the US and German national anthems, a medley and a few polkas before playing the 1983 German pop hit 99 Luftballons (99 re balloons) by Nena.

Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle

Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle

Photos and videos of the band


Josef Holzer - RIP

Josef Holzer

Josef Holzer was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on May 8, 2013. Sadly, Mr. Holzer died the week before his induction whuch was made posthumous.

In the words of the Executive Committee of his beloved Donauschwaben Center:

"Those involved with our club are fully aware that for 55 years Mr. Holzer was our tireless leader serving our organization as President, Honorary President and Director of Operations. His accomplishments were numerous, but his guidance, foresight, and infectious enthusiasm were the driving force in the construction of our home at Lenau Park in Olmsted Township.

Mr. Holzer was a man whose nature was to never take credit, to always thank others, and to be a friend to all. The love of his heritage is the legacy he leaves; it lives on through those he has mentored, influenced and encouraged, sharing the traditions he loved with younger generations and perpetuating our culture.

Josef Holzer was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He will be remembered and missed by all.

May God bless him on the road he now travels and be with his family during this difficult time."

His induction into the Hall of Fame will now be a special tribute to him. He was excited about being inducted and we are happy that he had the chance to know he was to be honored in this way.

Bunter Nachtmittag 2013
Cleveland Donauschwaben
February 10, 2013
Thanks to Joe Meissner for these photos from the event.

German-American Cultural Center big saw dance


German Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
Photos and Video

German Cultural Garden

German Cultural Garden marchers at One World Day

Blaskapelle (Brass Band) Concert in the German Cultural Garden
Photos and Videos
July 8, 2012

Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle

Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle in German Cultural Garden

Goethe–Schiller Monument

Cleveland German Cultural Garden President Hans Kopp explained the writing on the huge Goethe-Schiller Monument in the German Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio. 65,000 people attended the dedication of the Cleveland monument in 1907. The original is in Weimar, Germany. It is the largest statue in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

German-American Cultural Center Cleveland Donauschwaben Summer Oktoberfest
August 17, 2012

Mr and Miss Donauschwäben 2012 - Kelly Klass and Andrew Kovach

Miss and Mr. Donauschwäben 2012 - Kelly Klass and Andrew Kovach


Blaskapelle (Brass Band) Concert in the German Cultural Garden
Deutscher Musik Verein, Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle, Youngstown Saxon Blaskapelle
Photos and Videos
July 10, 2011

German Brass Band in Cleveland German Cultural Garden

Eins, Zwei, G'suffa!

German Garden workers - Hans and Annemarie Kopp, Stefan Pigler and Joseph Daschner

German Cultural Garden workers - Hans and Annemarie Kopp,
Stefan Pigler and Joseph Daschner


Oktoberfest at the County Fairgrounds
Labor Day Weekend 2010

Young German-Americans at Cleveland Oktoberfest

Band Concert in the German Cultural Garden
July 11, 2010

German band at German Cultural Garden in Cleveland


Renate and David Jakupca flank Santa and Mrs Claus at the 2009 GABA Christmas party

Renate and David Jakupca flank Santa and Mrs Claus at the 2009 Ohio German American Business Association Christmas party

Froehliche Weinachten! See more and watch videos of the 2009 party

Working in the German Cultural Garden
Volunteers keeping the Garden maintained

Cleveland German Cultural Garden work crew in front of Goethe Schiller statue (Dan Hanson photos)

Organizations and Resources for Germans in Cleveland

German Cultural Garden in Cleveland
Bach, Goethe, Schiller, Heine Statues and other photos from the Garden

Johann Goethe and Johann Schiller monument
German Cultural Garden in Cleveland, Ohio

Father John statue at the Cleveland German Cultural Garden (Dan Hanson photos)

Father Jahn

Donauschwaben's German-American Cultural Center

The German-American Cultural Center is home to the Cleveland Donauschwaben (Danube Swabians) ethnic group. The Donauschwaben are a German ethnic group that primarily immigrated to America following World War II and created a society to celebrate their traditions and language.

The Cleveland Donauschwaben have a very active membership of all ages that enjoys participating in a variety of groups and activities. Without the hard work and dedication of all of our ancestors, the traditions we have kept, the friendships that have formed, and the memories that have been made would not have been possible.

The goals of the German-American Cultural Center are to promote and continue the traditions of our Donauschwaben ancestors through the language, song, dance, music, dress and customs of our ancestors. We pay tribute to our ancestors that have endured so many hardships and worked so hard to give the future generations so much.

Postal address: P.O. Box 38160, Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138

Street address: 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Twp., Ohio 44138, USA

Cleveland Maennerchor Club

We are a German Choir club for men and women but we are also a social club and you don’t have to be German to join. The Männerchor is a testament to the large influx of German immigrants to this area which, in turn, served to enrich our culture and diversity. The German people have always loved to sing. The Cleveland Männerchor strives to promote this German tradition of song in the hope that it will continue to flourish as it has for over a century here in Cleveland.

Our Social Club bar is very reasonably priced with our beer selection focusing on German but we also serve Platform Palesner.

Hours: Wed-Thurs 6:00pm to 1:00am, Friday 5:00pm to 1:00am and Closed Saturday thru Tuesday.

We have Fish Fry every Friday open to the public 5pm-8pm.

Cleveland Maennerchor Club
4515 State Rd (Old Brooklyn)

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German Language School Cleveland

The German Language School Cleveland teaches the German language to children and adults in a cultural setting within a supportive classroom environment. Our curriculum, textbooks, and methods are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Assessments, formal and informal, are a regular part of classes.

We offer National German High School Exams (sponsored by the AATG), levels 2, 3 and 4, as well as the German Language Diploma (Deutsches Sprachdiplom), levels A2, B1 and C1. Our teachers participate in annual continued education classes. German Language School Cleveland is a longtime member of the blanket organization for private German language schools in the USA, the GLSC.

Donauschwaben's German-American Cultural Center
P.O. Box 38160
Cleveland, Ohio 44138
(440)235-2646 x 111

Cleveland German Feedback and Memories

Ron Kitson's Trip to Germany
"Was ist los In Germany"

Ron Kitson's Trip to Germany - Part 2
At Home In Germany

Ron Kitson's Trip to Germany - Part 3
The River Rhine

Ron Kitson's Trip to Germany - Part 4
Ancient Rothenburg

Trip to Germany - Part 5
Auf Die Schule (At School)

Trip to Germany - Conclusion
On the Road

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German History and Culture

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German Contributions 1683-1983

To commemorate 300 years of German Contributions
Plaque in downtown Cleveland

German Senior Choir sings Lili Marlene at Cleveland Oktoberfest and then closes with Ein Prosit

The Fall of the Berlin Wall
20 year anniversary

Christmas Celebration among German Nations
by Hans Kopp

How the song "Silent Night" originated
First sung in 1818 in a little church in Oberndorf

Cutting the stollen, singing Stille Nacht and more Christmas fun
Froehliche Weinachten!

Valentine's Day in Germany
by David Jakupca

Map of Germany

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Profiles of German Americans in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Hans Kopp
Father of Ohio Youth Soccer

Carl Schmelzer
Delegate of the Altenheim to the Stadtverband

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