Johannes Ehrmann: Söhne der Freiheit – Book launch

Johannes Ehrmann: Söhne der Freiheit. Eine deutsche Einwandererfamilie und die Gründung der Vereinigten Staaten

When America declared its independence from England on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, two German immigrants just a few streets away embarked on its first and most important translation. The American Revolution speaks German - because the German migrants are so numerous that the struggle against England simply cannot be won without them. The Germans, who were actually considered second-class citizens, fought for America's freedom, formed regiments, joined the army and politics, and soon played a decisive role in presidential elections. Two brothers on the front lines, Peter and Friedrich Mühlenberg, sons of a pastor, broke with their father's principles to make American history, while the women managed their lives amidst the turmoil of war and inflation. This is the gripping story of America's "First German Family," the great turning point in history told from the perspective of German underdogs.

Moderation: Florian Werner

Johannes Ehrmann, born 1983, is a ZEIT editor and author of several non-fiction books. He studied American Studies and History in Berlin and Philadelphia, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania (USA). His journalistic texts have won several awards. Johannes Ehrmann lives in Berlin.

Florian Werner, born 1971 in Berlin, is a writer. He studied English, American and German studies and received his doctorate in 2007 with a thesis on rap and apocalypse.



Thursday, September 14
Doors: 7 pm / Start: 7:30 pm