Peter Knapp

Peter Knapp

Personal & Mission Statement

I, Peter Knapp, was born in Romania (Klein Betschkerek–Banat Region) to ethnic German parents, Donauschwaben, on August 29, 1939. We fled Romania in 1944 and settled in Austria. I attended school there from 1st to 7th grade. Our family of 6 immigrated to the USA in June 1952, to New Brunswick (NB), NJ where my mother was born in 1911. I attended school there from 8th to 12th grade. When I was 16, I joined the German Aurora Singing Society Chorus in NB and sang with them for about 3 years.

I graduated from Indiana Institute of Technology (BS Electrical Eng.) in 1961. During my career in engineering I worked for Ingersoll-Rand Co., Westinghouse, RCA, Thomson (French company) and several other companies. I retired in 2005.

I am married to my wife Constance (Connie) for 50 years. We have 2 children: Deborah married to Ric Zimmerman (no children) and Douglas married to Cyndi (4 children). Through the years, I have played amateur soccer with teams from NJ, Indiana, Texas, NY and PA. Since 1969, we have lived in Lancaster County, PA. I have been a member of the Lancaster Liederkranz (LLK) since 1969 and served as president of the club 4 one-year terms. I have also had numerous other positions and responsibilities at the LLK. I have been a member of the LLK Hobby Chor since its founding in 1978. My wife Connie and I danced with LLK Alpenrose Schuhplattler group for several years. I am also a member of two German clubs in the Reading, PA area…Evergreen (Heimatbund) Club and the Reading Liederkranz and the Danube Swabian Club in Philadelphia.

My knowledge of German is still good enough for me to read German newspapers, although I do have to consult the dictionary occasionally.

I will continue to support the mission of GAHF as stated in the GAHF publication “The Ambassador”. If elected for another term of the Board of Directors, I would like to improve the status of the GAHF in particular:

Help make GAHF the first place to consult when it comes to German-American matters, e. g links to G-A clubs, events, history, ethnic German groups – Donauschwaben (try, Sudetendeutsche, Volgadeutsche etc.

Help with “Supporting cooperative efforts among German-Americans and their organizations.

Help find more benefits that GAHF could offer members.

Promote G-A organization members to also join GAHF.

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