Kleindeutschland Roundup

Ottendorfer Library-German Dispensary.

Ottendorfer Library-German Dispensary.

In the late 19th and early 20th Century, the East Village and Lower East Side were home to a substantial German immigrant community.  As a result, this area became known as Kleindeutschland, or “Little Germany.”  Eventually the German community moved north to the Upper East Side and elsewhere, spurred on by the General Slocum Disaster, demographic changes stemming from large-scale Jewish immigration to the area, and the stigma during and after World War I attached to German identity.  Remnants of Kleindeutschland can still been seen today in many of the buildings in the East Village, and below we have compiled a list of some past posts that have touched on the history of this neighborhood.

The General Slocum at the start of the trip that embarked from East 3rd Street.

The General Slocum at the start of the trip that embarked from East 3rd Street.

In addition to these posts, tomorrow night Daytonian in Manhattan will be presenting on Kleindeutschland at the 6th Street Community Center at 6:30pm.  This program is free and open to the public, but you must register here.

Ottendorfer Library Landmark Designation

Walking East 7th Street: Decatur Place to Kleindeutschland

Remembering the General Slocum Tragedy

Landmarks50: Germania Fire Insurance Company Bowery Building

The Synagogues of East 6th Street

Looking Up: The Stuyvesant Polyclinic

Immigration and the Village

The Libraries of Greenwich Village and the East Village

Looking Up: East Village Target Practice

Germania Theatre Then & Now

From Singing to Sofas: The History of the Burger-Klein Building

Brunswick Apotheke, Englehardt & Huber, Kiehl’s Since 1851

The Busts of Little Germany

Landmark Designation of the Ottendorfer Library 1st Floor Interior

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Matthew Morowitz