Dr. Joachim Reppmann receives German American Friendship Award
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On April 1, Consul General Herbert Quelle presented Dr. Joachim “Yogi” Reppmann with the German American Friendship Award during the Euro-Atlantic Conference "The Legacy of 1848, Through Today" in Northfield, MN. The conference, co-sponsored by the German Consulate General, was organized by Reppmann and was the most recent of a lifetime of contributions to German-American relations.
Since his first visit to the United States as a college student in 1978, Reppmann, a historian, has focused his scholarship primarily on the role and legacy of the “Forty-Eighters” from his native Schleswig-Holstein. These German immigrants supported the democratic revolutions of 1848 in German states. Through his scholarship, he has uncovered the bonds that unite Germans and Americans and demonstrated the depth and breadth of the German influence on American life. He has also made important contributions in linguistic research and in facilitating German-Jewish dialogue.
The German-American Friendship Award, established in 1981, is given by the German Ambassador to those who have shown extraordinary commitment to fostering German-American relations.