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Burning Beethoven: The Eradication of German Culture in the United States during World War I Paperback – June 15, 2015
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"A fascinating account of a forgotten witch-hunt that has damaged America and deprived it of its rich German heritage." -David Crossland, author of the novel The Jewish Candidate "A riveting book with the timeless message that culture is not the culprit ... Beethoven would indeed roll over in his grave." -Rainer Hasters, executive director of RIAS Berlin Commission "A powerful retelling of a forgotten time in American history that remains as relevant today as it did a century ago." -Stephen Fuchs, Founder of German Pulse"
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This work is excellent, but It seems to "gloss over" the British propaganda campaign, although the book did mention the blowing up of the Atlantic cable for Germany by British agents. I was expecting more detail as to the total impact of both had on the anti-American posture developed within the U. S. Certainly mailings from Wellington House to the 60,000 members of "Who's Who" in the U.S. and the librarians of all U.S. libraries had a strong impact on the development of anti-German sentiment. All news from Europe coming through British censorship and no counterpoint from Germany is, I think, an important factor in the developing situation!
This book is way overdue and a blessing to the "kultur" that it laments the destruction of!
One small correction - It is "Remember The. Maine" not "Remember The Alamo."
An aside, as a 2nd generation of German heritage on my Father's side, I deduced (twenty years after his death) that he spoke German fluently although I had never heard him speak it not had I any inkling he did. I came into possession of his church confirmation papers - all in German and I was able to them verify this deduction!