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Stars and Stripes over the Rhine: The American Occupation in Germany after World War I, 1918-1923.

The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA®

German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™

The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ opened in March, 2010 in a building once known as Hockemeyer Hall. Renovations were completed by the GAHF after acquiring the building in 2008. Located on 6th Street NW in the heart of the old European-American section of Washington, the Museum sits in what is now a thriving commercial neighborhood.

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Stars and Stripes over the Rhine: The American Occupation in Germany after World War I, 1918-1923.

Curated by Kai Sprenger as part of Wunderbar Together: DeutschlandJahr USA 2018/2019 (The Year of German-American Friendship) and supported by the government of Rheinland-Palatinate.

The majority of us have learned about American military occupation of Germany following the Second World War, and the division of Germany thereafter, in school. However, did you know that there was an American military presence, specifically in the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz (Rheinland-Palatinate), beginning in 1918, directly after the end of the First World War? In fact, from between 1918 and 1923, the American military occupied a large swath of Rheinland-Pfalz, from the edge of Luxembourg through Trier up to Koblenz, following along the Moselle River

Stars and Stripes over the Rhine celebrates the 100th anniversary of American presence in Rheinland-Pfalz and explores the social, political, and economic ties that were created among the German and American communities in Rheinland-Pfalz during this four-year span. Visit us at the GAHM to view this exhibit as we explore the foundation of the transatlantic relationship between our two countries.

The GAHM is proud to be hosting this exhibit as part of Wunderbar Together! Find out more about the Deutschland-Jahr here:


  • Entry:

Museum Hours:

  • Tuesdays – Fridays

    from 11 am – 5 pm

    July 16 – August 30

For information, tickets, or groups contact the German-American Heritage Foundation at [email protected] or (202) 467-5000.


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