Deutsch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft                                                                                        German-American Society of

       Westmittelfranken e.V.                                                                                 West Middle Franconia e.V

Reports and pictures about events


German-American Society visits Katterbach Army Airfield on October 21, 2022

Many thanks to Gerlinde Hoyle, spokesperson oft he US Garrison Ansbach and assistant to Garrison Commander Aaron B. Dixon, who organised the visit for ten of our members. Col Dixon welcomed us at the hangar in front of the helicopters and gave us some information.


He pointed out that the soldiers loved Ansbach Garrison and their service in Germany and that the Americans wanted to be good neighbours to the surrounding villages and the city of Ansbach.
The pilots of  the Apache und Chinook helicopters  showed their machines to  the German guests who were very much impressed and could even sit in the pilot’s seat.

The German group then went to the  Shipton/Urlas area where they saw the American shopping mall and the housing area. There they had the feeling of experiencing „Little America in Middle Franconia“.
Summing up, our group had a great experience in the garrison and got lots of new impressions.

Great thanks to our American friends for this wonderful day and we are looking forward to our next meeting.


Hello dear DAG members .......

.... for the New Year we would like to show you Rothenburg ob der Tauber from the perspective of an American who loves to travel and why she finally decided to move with her family from America to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. 

The Menzel family now runs the boutique holiday apartments in the north of the old town / to be reached: 

Edelzimmer Rothenburg – Rothenburg von seiner    schönsten Seite

Report and pictures courtesy of the Menzel family and To be reached at: 

Ihr Urlaub in Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Altstadt und Taubertal genießen (

THE FULL REPORT (with pictures) here as PDF ....

The Menzel Family
From the USA to Germany
Text english.pdf (2.36MB)
The Menzel Family
From the USA to Germany
Text english.pdf (2.36MB)


Here is a nice contribution to the topic "How  enemies became friends"

ROTHENBURG MOVIE PREMIERE: Members of the USAG Ansbach Community assisted in voicing the English version of a documentary created by Rothenburg students. The movie describes how U.S. Americans and Germans worked together in 1945 to save the city of Rothenburg from total destruction.
The first showing in the Wildbad resort near Rothenburg yesterday was attended by Col. Stephen Pierce and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Bohannon, USAG Ansbach, as well as some of the volunteers who narrated the documentary.
The documentary will be made available to a larger audience later this year.
(Photos by Stefan Horndasch and Brian Sowders)
Ansbach Family & MWRTerrace Playhouse

Please also use the direct link to the Facebook page of the "USAG Ansbach Community" to browse a little and read other interesting reports. This post is from June 26 with the headline "Rothenburg Movie Premiere" on the FB page of USAG Ansbach Community

Thanks to football professional Mark Nzeocha and the Franken Knights for the nice appointment today in the town hall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Mark Nzeocha is a German American football player in the position of linebacker who is active for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League. In 2020 he reached the Super Bowl LIV with the San Francisco 49ers. Nzeocha started his career at the age of 13 with the Franken Knights from Rothenburg ob der Tauber. In 2008 he won the Junior American Football Championship as a safety with the German national team. Because of his accomplishments, he got scholarships from Virginia and Wyoming.             Quellen: / Wikipedia

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Thanksgiving of the US Army in Katterbach, November 27, 2019.
Thilo Pohle and Günther Schuster represented the DAG and were surprised
that at the opulent buffet the soldiers were served by their officers, including General Norrie.

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group picture (from left to right): mayor Kölle (Rothenburg), COL Broam,
mayor Deffner (Ansbach), General Norrie, Günther Schuster, COL Pierce

Thanksgiving Dinner, Dec.07, 2019
The Thanksgiving Dinner of the DAG in the "Alte Vogtei" in Wolframs-Eschenbach was again quite  successful this year. About 30 guests, half of them American friends, enjoyed the classical turkey meal and also had sufficient time for good conversation.

Foto (left to right): Mr Schlackl ( Deputy Mayor Wolframs-Eschenbach), COL Steve Pierce , Michael Dörr (Mayor Wolframs-Eschenbach, Vice-President DAG), Günther Schuster (President DAG), CSM Mark Smith, Mr. Santos, COL John Broam ,CSM    Philson Tavernier

to 04.10.2019

On Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, Günther Schuster welcomed Nancy Goldback Carr, Vice President of the German-American Club in Portland, Oregon, in Rothenburg. Together with her brother Harold and his wife Kathy they were on an ancestral trail trip of their father's family in the Franconian-Hohenlohe area. After a tour around the town with lots of information, the guests had a good time with Schweinebraten (roast pork) and dark beer in the traditional Gasthaus Ochsen.

Nancy Goldback Carr

to 14.09.2019

On Saturday, September 14th, the DAG invited members and friends to the Heckenwirtschaft (wine place) Mann in Bullenheim. With Franconian "Vesper" and Franconian wine, the German - American party had an unforgettable social evening.

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to 14.09.19

The members of the Pale Riders Country Club e.V. share American country hobbies like line dance and western riding and also the re-enactment of early pioneer life.                                                                     The DAG financially supported the third American History Ball at the Orangerie Ansbach (Sep. 14, 2019).

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to 09.08.2019

Farewell to Colonel Ken Cole in Katterbach. Our President Günther Schuster and Representative / DAG Maria Zylka-Eistert give a present to the outgoing Colonel.

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to 16.07.2019

The German-American society West-Middle-Franconia supports the exchange of the Reichsstadt-Gymnasium with the Adolpho Camarillo High School in California. Chairman Günther Schuster symbolically hands over a check for € 500.

Pictured : Gordon Maag, Heidi Kühn, Headmaster Thomas Knäulein, Susanne Albang, Ruth Hufnagel and Günther Schuster

to 12.07.2019

Consul General Meghan Gregoris is received in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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