Share Your Story #3: Marianne Mercer

May 20, 2019

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In celebration of German-American friendship, we’re featuring stories from people like you!

Do you have a story to share with us about your German-American experience? Whether you are of German heritage or are someone who loves all things German, we want to hear from you! Send us a brief example of a time you enjoyed engaging with Germany in some way and we’ll publish the best contributions on our blog during the campaign!

What does “Wunderbar Together” mean to you? Stories can be anything from funny to heartwarming and highlight intercultural experiences studying, living, and working in the United States or Germany. Be creative!

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This week’s story was written by Marianne Mercer who, along with seven other Americans, recently reunited with her German family in Schellerten.

After a lifetime of wondering about our immigrant grandparent’s life in Germany, we found our Maternal Grandfather’s family in the tiny village of Schellerten. A group of eight Americans travelled there to meet eight German relatives. We had an instant connection, enjoyed meals, conversation and getting to know each other. The highlights of the trip were the time spent with them in their home, touring our Grandfather’s birthplace and family home in Kemme and a tour of the church they were members of. I especially loved seeing how the people of Germany and America are so different yet so very much the alike. Also, it was deeply moving to see decades and generations of time come together in those precious hours spent together.

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