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Head of School as Guest Speaker at German American Day

On the occasion of the German-American Day, Head of School Waldemar Gries served as guest speaker on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

He emphasized the importance of German Schools Abroad, such as the DSW, for the flourishing relationship between the U.S. and Europe: “Mutual understanding lies at the core of our friendship. We need people who can serve not only as linguistic but also as cultural translators. People who know and understand the world as it is seen from each side of the Atlantic. Students and alumni of our school are unofficial ambassadors of Germany and America, as they have established strong ties to both our countries. The German School Washington D.C. is proud to contribute to the German-American friendship.”

The festivities were hosted by the Rockville Sister City Corporation which coordinates the partnership between Pinneberg in Germany and Rockville, MD. “We share this passion of building a bridge between two countries with the Rockville Sister City Corporation”, said Gries. “Sister city relationships bring people together – the rest is positive history.”

German-American Day reminds us of October 6th, 1683, when 13 German families arrived near Philadelphia and founded Germantown. This day honors the contribution of German immigrants to the development of America.


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