Dear Minnesota - Laura Hill
Laura Hill shares the challenges her Grandmother faced as the daughter of German-speaking immigrants during World War I
My grandmother, born in 1903, was the daughter of an immigrant from Germany and of a mother whose father immigrated from Germany. Grandma spoke German at home, attended a German-speaking church, and attended a German school.
The U.S. entry into WWI changed all that.
She never completed her confirmation at church as they switched to English. She told me many times, "One dasn't speak German on the sidewalk lest they spit on you." She had other stories of harassment of ethnic Germans. I think of her when I hear languages other than English being spoken in public.