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Farewell homeland - America is calling!

Emigration from Thuringia to America in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Robert Bosch Foundation Denkwerk

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena


Emigration- a topic which is still popular and up to date. Over 7 million Germans were once emigrants. Every year, about 146 000 German citizens decide to leave their home country. This phenomenon already started in 1683. Then, there were big emigration waves in Germany. In most cases, the destination was the USA, the land of opportunity.

On this website you can learn about the emigration from Germany to America. The focus is on the Thuringian emigration to the USA from 1800 to 1920. Furthermore, you can find information about the project and a database which was made within the project.