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Celebrate National German Week

September 30 - October 6 was National German Week. Since arriving in colonial America, Germans have played an influential role in shaping the US. Consider celebrating National German Week with an event in your school or community next year! We've got a new focus for each day of National German Week to help you celebrate and show your pride in Germany, German-American heritage, and the modern connections between the US and Germany. Explore the past, learn something new, discover connections, inspire new interests, promote German language and culture, and join the fun!

Deutschlandjahr USA/Year of German-American Friendship. Under the motto Wunderbar together the Federal Republic of Germany has been celebrating Deutschlandjahr USA/Year of German-American Friendship, with events and activities highlighting the unique importance of German-American transatlantic relations. This collaborative initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institute, and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) celebrates a centuries-long relationship linked by heritage, common values, and shared interests and will showcase a multifaceted, modern image of Germany focused on business and industry, politics, education, culture, and science.

Meet Hannah, the National German Week mascot! Hannah is a proud German-American, one of the nearly 50 million Americans with German heritage. You might know Hannah’s German cousin Hugo—he’s from Bonn—or her classmate Flat Stanley.

Hannah is available to participate in National German Week events with you!

Download the full color version, print and cut out.
Download the outline version, print, and decorate her yourself.

Hannah loved celebrating National German Week 2017 and 2018 with teachers across the US! View the photos in the online gallery.

Be sure to share how Hannah is celebrating National German Week! Tweet @AATGOnline your pictures with Hannah celebrating the Day of German Unity, teaching #10to10, enjoying Schwarz-Rot-Gold Day, or exploring local German-American heritage—or share your pictures on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram at @aatgonline, or upload your pictures here. You don’t have to be in the picture with Hannah, but it’s better if you are.

Monday, September 30 - Schwarz-Rot-Gold Day

Kick off the week by showing your pride in Germany and the German language—wear Schwarz-Rot-Gold! Whether you're at school, at work, out in the community or anywhere else, everyone around will know you’re a fan of German. Hannah's already dressed for the occasion, so be sure to include her in your events and when you’re engaged on social media!

Tuesday, October 1 - Famous German-Americans Day

Hats off to German immigrants to the US and German-Americans! The cultures of the German-speaking world have had an enormous influence on American culture. You’ll find the contributions of German-Americans in every walk of life—actors, athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, musicians, politicians, scientists, teachers, filmmakers, and writers. 

Wednesday, October 2 - German-American Culture Day

From Christmas trees to Kindergarten and hot dogs to recreation—German-Americans have contributed significantly to American life and culture. How well do you understand the impact and influence of German culture on America?

Thursday, October 3 - Day of German Unity

Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity) is the German national holiday, commemorating the anniversary of German reunification in 1990. The Day of German Unity is celebrated each year with a Bürgerfest hosted by a major city—this year Kiel, with the motto "Mut verbindet". The Bürgerfest also includes the Ländermeile, where each Bundesland can highlight their tourist attractions, cultural treasurers, and culinary specialties. Create your own campus Ländermeile and highlight regional specialties. 

Friday, October 4 - National TEACH GERMAN Day

National TEACH GERMAN Day is a celebration of German teaching and learning designed to recognize the important role that German teachers play in our schools and communities and encourage the next generation of German teachers.

Saturday, October 5 - German Career Day

German and American business ties are important in today’s global economy. Germany is America’s largest European trading partner and its fifth largest global partner. There are more than 3,700 German companies in the US—and German companies are directly responsible for over 600,000 jobs. Many of the products you use every day were created by corporations with German roots. Meet some people who have connected German to their career. 

Sunday, October 6 - National German-American Day

German-American Day was first proclaimed a holiday in the US in 1983 to honor the 300th anniversary of German immigration to the US. It commemorates the date in 1683 when 13 German families from Krefeld, near the Rhine, landed in Philadelphia. These families subsequently established the first German settlement in the original thirteen American colonies.

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