In the twentieth century, over two million German-speaking immigrants
came to America. Nearly 600,000 arrived in the 1950s alone, making
up 23% of all immigrants in that decade. For the most part, the
stories of these immigrants have not been documented, and very little
has been done on their experiences and their impact on American
Using the knowledge and resources of the University, the Max Kade
Institute is reaching out to citizens across Wisconsin, the Midwest,
seeking to create a collection of nearly forgotten immigrant stories.
We will preserve them in the Institute’s archives, make them
available to scholars and for educational purposes, and allow them
to be added
to narratives of American and global history.
We are interviewing and recording first-generation immigrants from
German-speaking regions in Europe who now live in the United
States. We include individuals
who speak German or lived in a German-speaking community in Europe,
people who migrated directly to the United States or via another
individuals who came as adults or as children.
There are as many different experiences as there are people.
The German Immigrant Oral History Project is a growing repository
accounts of emigration and new settlement, journeys near and
far, triumphs and
losses, assimilation and acculturation, and traditions and
customs kept in a new world.
If you are a first-generation German immigrant and would like
to contribute your story to this project,
the Max Kade
For further information contact Antje Petty: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-7546
Max Kade Institute, 901 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI,