Joe Wendel and German Americans

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.

Joe Wendel giving his speech

Joe Wendel

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

Marty Plax and Joe Wendel


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Wendel also told of ant-German sentiments and of people and cities changing their names to make them less German.

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