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Getting to Know the New Chairman, John B. Emerson

Ambassador John B. Emerson was elected as Chairman of the American Council on Germany on January 17, 2018.  Q: What first made you become interested in Germany? A: My grandmother was born in the U.S. to German immigrants. German was her first language, and she often spoke it with my dad. I mentioned in my confirmation hearing that I studied German starting in seventh grade because I wanted to know what they were talking about. Actually, it was also because I was interested in science, and my parents and grandmother were clear that German was the language of scientific research. As I got older, I also was fascinated, and troubled, by how such a civilized and educated society could have permitted the rise of National Socialism—and the atrocities that brought about. This, I know, is a question many Germans...
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