Man of Two Worlds

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A frequently unexplored topic in stories of German and other immigrants to America is the effect of their move on friends and family who were left behind. Man of Two Worlds provides significant insights into that issue. In 1854, Wilhelm F. Kempe, 26, and his sister Auguste, 20, left their native Kingdom of Saxony in Europe for a new home in Texas. Remaining in Saxony were their aging, widowed father and a 10-year-old sister and an 8-year-old brother -- people who struggled for decades to reconcile their lives in the Old World with that of their relatives in the New World. Their letters to Wilhelm tell, often painfully, of the emotional toll this disruption took on the lives of family and friends who remained in the Fatherland. As the only connection betwen his family in Europe and his family in America, Wilhelm carried the weight of both. Over half a century he coped with all of their needs, as well as the Civil War and the desires of others who wanted to leave Europe and join him in... More > Texas.< Less
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  • By Charity Colvin
    Jan 15, 2010
    Amazing tale of a family and their struggles in the new world of America, the Great State of Texas and the world they left behind in Germany. The letters of the family translated from so long ago unfold a story that is rich in detail and alive with history. Don't be fooled this book isn't about lineage, it is about so much more. This is a book of America and German history and the wonderful process and sacrifices people made to make our two countries great. I love this book.
  • By callacomm
    Oct 15, 2009
    "A Welcome Addition to German Settlement of Texas" In Man of Two Worlds, Fayette County native Ray Grasshoff presents the compelling letters written by his ancestors starting in 1854. Grasshoff’s research puts the correspondence in context with a thorough description of events in Texas and Germany that impacted the lives of family members on both sides of the Atlantic who were determined to keep in touch. Reflecting the tough emotional struggles that immigrants faced in addition to other hardships, this book is a welcome addition to the history of the German settlement of Central Texas.
  • By jtkoenig
    May 23, 2009
    "Engrossing Peek into German Texas History" Having just finished this book I just had to write to say how much I enjoyed reading it. Even though I am not directly connected to the Kempe family, I found their story very engrossing and poignant. Most of my own ancestors came to Texas from Germany early on in the mid 1800s much like the Kempes, and having a peek into the lives of those left behind in Germany was very interesting and very enlightening. For those readers interested in German Texas history, and for just history in general, this book is a nice look into that subject.
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September 28, 2011
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