Freitag, 20. Mai 2016

TERRA EXTRA inside - Huntsville in den 60ern (04)

Mit diesem vierten Teil beschliesst Jesco von Puttkamer seine Artikelserie über Huntsville. Er erzählt, auf was man sich als deutscher Emigrant Anfang der 60er hier in Huntsville einstellen muß und wie es damals mit Wernher von Braun und den anderen V2-Wissenschaftlern begann :


Die Deutsche Kultur hat auch heutzutage noch einen starken Einfluss auf Huntsville. Für die im Bericht angesprochenen Pumpernickel habe ich zwar keinen Link gefunden, dafür aber die Speisekarte des "Ol' Heidelberg", eines deutsch-amerikanischen Restaurants :
Ol’ Heidelberg is a Family owned and operated restaurant since 1972. It moved to its current location in 1989. Ol’ Heidelberg was the sister restaurant of Bavaria Delicatessen which opened in 1963 and operated for twenty years. Ol’ Heidelberg has been serving the best and most authentic German Food since 1972, it is one of the oldest and most recognized restaurant in Huntsville. The Schrader Family with the help of their loyal employees give their customers full attention along with good food at reasonable prices, with friendly and courteous service.
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Aber auch hier, in Heft 053 vom 02.10.1964, wird der Faschismus nur indirekt angesprochen, es scheint als hätte es da überhaupt keine Probleme gegeben. Ähnliches habe ich im NYT-Artikel gelesen :
The Nazi question “just doesn’t come up,” said Loren Traylor, a Chamber of Commerce vice president. “That was then, this is now.”
Genauer untersucht hat das Monique Laney :
In late July 1969, Huntsville joined the world in celebrating the successful return of the Apollo 11 astronauts from their moon landing. The once small, cotton mill town had added reason to celebrate because the rocket specialists who had made this enormous Cold War feat possible were their neighbors and friends. Many members of Wernher von Braun's German rocket team were brought to the United States after World War II because of their expertise gained developing the V-2 rocket for the Nazi regime. Years later in the 1980s, one of the team members would be accused of war crimes. This month, Monique Laney will describe how Huntsville's diverse community responded to this news and tried to grapple with its meaning, shedding light on the intersections of German and U.S. history and memory.

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