Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1 – Spring 2009

Cover: Photograph of Leo Walter (left) and Ferdinand Walter (right), the great uncles of Gerald F. Schmidt. Leo and Ferdinand were inducted into the US Army during World War I. In his article “Yes, We’ll Fight for our Freedom”, Schmidt details their experiences and tracks the history of their enlistments. Leo’s photo is courtesy of Dorothy Walter Augustine. Ferdinand’s photo is courtesy of Adina Weisenberger Heller.


“The Music Legacy of Adolph Lesser” by Cyndi Lesser Babish

“Early Migration Routes to New Russia” by Thomas A. Stangl

“Folklore about America: Tall Tales of the Germans from Russia” by Mary Koch

“Yes, We’ll Fight for our Freedom” by Gerald F. Schmidt.

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