Foreign Policy and German-US Relations News

Mysterious Photos Returned to Schloss Rüdenhausen

Apr 21, 2017 |

The German Embassy recently received 17 old photos of an unidentified castle in Germany, along with a letter asking for help in returning the photos to the castle owner. The castle has been identified and the photos have been returned. The son of an American lieutenant and the brother of the castle owner spoke to about the history of the castle, the American occupation of the castle and what it's like to grow up in Schloss Rüdenhausen.

USHMM's Matt Steinhart Uncovers His German Heritage

Apr 14, 2017 |
Matthew Steinhart's archival family images.

Matt Steinhart grew up in New Jersey with the awareness that his German grandparents, Leo and Ruth Friedman, had lost most of their immediate family in the Holocaust. With information provided through the International Tracing Service, Matt was able to uncover further details of his family's history and regain German citizenship on behalf of his grandparents.

Do You Recognize this German Castle?

Apr 4, 2017 |
German Castle

The German Embassy has received a request to help a man return old photographs taken from a castle in Germany. In a letter received by the Embassy, the sender said that his father-in-law took the 17 enclosed photographs from a castle that he used as his headquarters during World War II. Decades later, the sender hopes that the Embassy can discover the location of the castle and return the photographs to the rightful owner.

3-D Printers Replicate Reformation-Era Artifacts

Mar 23, 2017 |
3-D Printing

One of the most symbolic objects of the Reformation is the indulgence chest - a wooden artifact used by the Catholic Church to collect payments for indulgences. One of these historic chests is located at the Luther House Museum in Wittenberg, Germany, but today's 3-D printing technology is bringing replicas of Reformation-era artifacts like this one to the United States.

Merkel: "A Good, Frank Exchange of Views"

Mar 17, 2017 | Press and Information Office of the Federal Government
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump

Chancellor Merkel said it had been a great pleasure for her to meet President Trump in person for the first time. The main aim, she said was to speak to one another rather than about one another, and to identify common interests.