Book release party for Johannes Ehrmann's latest publication "Söhne der Freiheit"

October 12, 2023, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

The Fulbright Community (Fulbright Germany, Fulbright Alumni e.V., Fulbright-VFF), ESMT Berlin, the UPenn Club, and the publisher Klett-Cotta wish to proudly announce their book release party for Johannes Ehrmann's latest publication, “Söhne der Freiheit.”

In this book, ZEIT online journalist, writer, and Fulbright alum Johannes Ehrmann details how German immigrants shaped the American Revolution. He does so by relating the gripping history of the most influential German-American family of the 18th century: The Muhlenbergs. Telling the story of 1776 and American Independence for the first time from the perspective of German migrants, “Söhne der Freiheit” is a narrative history that points to the present. It talks about the resentment non-English migrants faced and adds new angles to the often Anglo-centric national narrative of the United States. The German-Americans of the 18th century were, like marginalized immigrant communities today, foreigners who fought for their place in a country just finding its own.

"Söhne der Freiheit” was released in German on September 16. Our event at ESMT will be held in English along with a discussion and translated reading samples. Books will be available for purchase on-site to be signed by the author.

The event includes a reading by the author and a Q&A. The event is free to all participants, but seating is limited. Registration via the ESMT website is required. Unfortunately, we cannot cover travel expenses or provide travel support for this collaborative event. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.


Johannes Ehrmann is a contributing editor with ZEIT online and has written several non-fiction books. He holds a history degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar.

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