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Stahlhelmkapelle New York

Post by Ivan Ž. » 18 Oct 2020 22:01

A rare photo of bandsmen of the New York branch of the Stahlhelm. The New York Stahlhelm band was led by Ernest (Ernst) Rapsch, who was also the president of the local Richard Wagner Music Society (which founded the Symphony Society of Brooklyn in 1930).

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Veteranentreffen von Deutsch-Amerikanern in New York, 1934. Bei dem Veteranentreffen von Deutsch-Amerikanern in New York sind rechtskonservative Stahlhelm-Gruppen (links) und Mitglieder des von Fritz Kuhn gefüh​rten Deutsch-Amerikanischen Bundes (rechts) versammelt. Hakenkreuzfahnen werden neben dem amerikanischen Sternenbanner hochgehalten.
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Re: Stahlhelmkapelle New York

Post by Ivan Ž. » 18 Oct 2020 22:03

Another photo showing several bandsmen (on the left). The flag inscription reads: "(Der Stahlhelm) Ortsgruppe New-York".

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Gedenkfeier des Stahlhelm am Volkstrauertrag in New York City, 1933. Die Ortsgruppe New York des "Stahlhelm, Bund der Frontsoldaten" veranstaltet in der evangelischen Lutherkirche am Volkstrauertag für die Gefallenen de​s Ersten Weltkrieges eine Gedenkfeier, hier die Ankunft der New Yorker Stahlhelmfahne vor der Kirche.
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Re: Stahlhelmkapelle New York

Post by Ivan Ž. » 18 Oct 2020 22:24

Page 1 of the concert programme for the "First German military concert since 1914", Ridgewood (New York), 18 January 1934.

From https://www.abebooks.de/ (Antiquariat H. Eppler)
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(According to the seller's description, they played, among others, "Horst-Wessel-Lied" and "Badenweiler-Marsch".)
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Re: Stahlhelmkapelle New York

Post by Hans1906 » 19 Oct 2020 12:22

Ivan,

the photos from the archives of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" are new to me,
the "Stahlhelm B.d.F." (Stahlhelm - Bund der Frontsoldaten) had a former branch in New York City... 8O :?

A very interesting find, thanks for sharing the photos, I told you about other "Stahlhelm B.d.F." photos earlier,
not my main interest, but always very interesting...

Thanks for your contribution, please keep up your important research!

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Re: Stahlhelmkapelle New York

Post by Ivan Ž. » 19 Oct 2020 14:20

Hello, Hans1906

It's indeed an interesting historical detail. And it seems that the band made quite an impression on US citizens.

A couple of excerpts from an article published in Reading Times, 21.08.1935, p. 2, mentioning the band:
'GERMAN DAY' WILL FEATURE FAMOUS BAND

[...] More than 700 German singers are scheduled to participate in the German-American field day to be held September 8 at the Reading Fair grounds. In addition there will be concert music by the famous Stahlhelm band of New York [...].

One of the outstanding attractions to be featured on the program will be the first appearance in Reading of the Stahlhelm (Steel Helmet) 32-piece band of New York. The organization is composed entirely of Germans who fought for their fatherland during the World War. All now are citizens of the United States. Ernst Rapsch, formerly a famous band leader in Germany, is director. [...]
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Re: Stahlhelmkapelle New York

Post by Hans1906 » 21 Oct 2020 12:59

Thanks Ivan,

I am aware, that after the World War I, many german families emigrated to the USA, also from the very poor "Ostfriesland"
(Weser-Ems) region, most of them for pure ecenomic reasons.

In northwest Germany in the 1920s and the 1930s, the "Stahlhelmbund" had a very strong number of members,
as well as in later years the very early NSDAP local groups.

I told you about several photos, my greatgrandfather took at several of the "Stahlhelm" rallies in these years,
but I am not sure, if he was a member of the Stahlhelm organisation himself?
At least, I do not have a photo of "HC" in their uniform, perhaps as a WWI veteran, he was someting like a supporter, no idea yet?

Still a very complexe topic to me, I know, the greatgrandfather was "deutschnational" minded, and that the man had some problems
with the so called "Nazis", especially after the year 1933, when the NSDAP took over power here in Germany...

To make a long story short, Stahlhelmbund / New York, absolutely new to me, stunning.
Will contact some local history buffs in the north about all this, thank you again.


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Re: Stahlhelmkapelle New York

Post by Ivan Ž. » 30 Mar 2021 10:01

A poster advertising Hitler's 46th birthday celebration in the Yorkville Casino, New York City, and a concert by Rapsch's band. Organising the event were the Friends of the New Germany (Freunde des Neuen Deutschland, FDND), future German American Bund (Amerikadeutscher Volksbund, AV).

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