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Message Subject WORLD at WAR, OFFICIAL 2013 THREAD (Doom always only a moment away)
Poster Handle Texan Buckeye
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I had to look that up! German was outlawed in my home county since WWI and I don't think they've ever repealed the laws. We begged and begged in grade school and jr. high to have German when we got to high school. Didn't happen. They did get it a few years later, but then dropped it for Mandarin. I don't know what they're teaching now.

That's really creepy!!! You have NO idea how true that is!
 Quoting: Texan Buckeye

I have some idea -- lots of Germans around here. I even took it in high school. Most of my fellow students in the class were called things like Uwe. A little awkward ;)
 Quoting: Swinburnian

If you ever get bored, look up the Black Swamp region in NW Ohio. Lot's of pretty cool history. Even War of 1812 and French and Indian War. The whole area was reclaimed land and mainly settled by Germans. By the time my generation was growing up, the only things left of our ancestors were the family bibles and some recipes. Oh, and a very few words, mostly mis-pronounced!LOL
 Quoting: Texan Buckeye

Here Germans are mostly either from Russia shortly after WWI or from West Germany or Austria (but LOTS originally from parts east) in the 1950s. And a sprinkling of descendants of late 19th century immigrants to German block settlements in Saskatchewan. Oh, and Mennonites. Lots of Mennonites and Hutterites. I never think of them as Germans, even though they're the only people speaking it at home for the most part. No German Jews -- maybe the occasional American professional passing through.

When I was a kid, my mom's hairdresser was Swiss -- poor Manfred spent half his time letting people know he wasn't German.
 Quoting: Swinburnian

Most of the Germans from my area came over just after the Civil War. Ohio has lots of Amish and Mennonites, not sure about the Hutterites anymore. If there are, it's in small communities. The other day, I was trying to help a Mennonite at a local business. Most of them do speak Deutch, but the Mennonites here speak Spanish. They come up here from Mexico. This poor man didn't have the deutsch. He only spoke Spanish. I tried to talk to him in Nederland, it's close and I've been able to translate, sort of, before. Not this time. Thankfully, we're in West Texas!LOL
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