Germans in North Carolina
There is a whole array of German related organizations and events which contribute to a better understanding of German topics and which offer German atmosphere. To mention a few:
- Alemannia Society. This German social club convenes every month and offers “gemütliches Beisammensein”, a cozy get-together, a great opportunity to train and practice one’s German.
- American Council on Germany (ACG), a venerable organization which has for many years arranged events where one can learn and discuss typical German topics (Immigration, Islam in Germany, ecological themes, inner-German politics)
- World Affairs Council Charlotte (WACC). This most respected national organization has a chapter in Charlotte which is particularly active and has often offered a forum for interesting German speakers; one highlight this year was certainly a luncheon where the German Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig was the key-note speaker.
- Many Octoberfests. To mention only two: one organized by Lufthansa and another by the restaurant Das Waldhorn.
- German Language and Culture Foundation. They raised considerable funds to support the learning of German in our area. They have supported many American students to go to Germany to deepen their knowledge of German culture and language which they would not have been able to afford otherwise.
- The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation. Zeitgeist means the “Spirit of Age”. Founded in 2014 by the Honorary Consuls of the Federal Republic of Germany to North Carolina, Klaus Becker and Margaret Rosenfeld, the mission of the Foundation is to inform, educate and foster dialogue about the influence in North Carolina of the current and historic culture, arts, society and spirit of Germany. In recognition of the long-standing German-American bilateral relationship, the program of the Foundation focuses on the exchange of societal and governmental thought and theory, art exhibitions and cultural and social events.