Book Explores 'Cincinnati's Germans Before World War I'
Cincinnati's German heritage is evident in its historic architecture, churches and family names, and even in its present-day celebratory events.
German presence in the city dates even before Cincinnati was known as "Cincinnati."
Its earliest immigrants played key roles in shaping the region we know today.
When World War I broke out and the United States and allies found themselves in bloody conflict with Germany, anti-German hysteria swept the nation. Locally, there was violence and the renaming of German streets to reflect what the powers-that-be saw as more patriotic.
In his new book, Cincinnati's Germans Before World War I, local author and historic Don Heinrich Tolzmann explores Germany's rich contributions to the region.
Some of the stories and people may be familiar, while others are more surprising.
Tolzmann joins Cincinnati Edition to talk about the book and the history.
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