As the Reuters Berlin Correspondent, Erik Kirschbaum covers political and financial news and is also a prolific author. His latest work examines the disappearance of nearly all vestiges of German culture at the time of the First World War, a fascinating and well-researched account of the largest immigrant group in the United States at the end of the nineteenth century. At that time, Germans were the predominant ethnic group in the United States — some eight million people, out of a population of 76 million. New York City had one of the world’s largest German-speaking populations, trailing only Berlin and Vienna, with about a quarter of its 3.4 million people conversing in German.
Erik Kirschbaum was born in New York City into a family of German immigrants. His grandfather, Joseph Kirschbaum, born in1891, didn’t start learning English until he went to school, and continued to speak German at home.
Erik Kirschbaum moved to Germany in 1989 and has covered politics, economics, entertainment and sport from Frankfurt, Bonn and Berlin.
Co-Presented with the American Council on Germany.
Lunch will be served. This event is free for ACG members and there is a $10 charge for non-ACG members.