German-Americans comprise a quarter of the US population. Deutsche Welle investigates what they're doing to keep German traditions alive in America.
"The Germans" form the biggest ethnic group among all white Americans.
By and large, they are not a community that keeps to itself. They tend to blend into the mainstream quickly.
Yet deep in their hearts, they often have a soft spot for their German heritage. They uphold certain traditions, such as German song or folk-dancing, the love for strong beer and the German way of celebrating carnival.
DW-Radio's correspondent Bernd Riegert travelled across the United States and visited communities where German-Americans keep their heritage alive.