I am a European, born and raised in Germany by german parents. I went to a german school.
My feeling was-I was 100% german like my parents and grandparents. I could only speak one language (german) and I had a certain pride to be a citizen of a great country.
That was till I reached about 15 years of age. Warmongering Germany slid down fast and with it my life. This let down hit many Germans.
After I graduated from High School in 1926-Germany had lost World War 1 and that proud country was in a shambles.
No jobs were available, inflation started, all savings disappeared-no future for young Germans like me. I had a miserable time and starvation for most everybody.
Luckily I had a rich uncle in Leipzig, Germany who offered me a $100.00 cash and a one way ticket to New York City by ship. Uncle Martin had a business in N.Y. and would offer me a job.
I arrived in New York and was put to work in a raw skin merchant's place.I could not speak a usable english and had a very hard time in a strange land.
You may ask why did we all flee Germany?
Adolf Hitler became the leader of Germany with his Gangster associates.
Germany declared war against U.S.A. in 1941. Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.
American life had to change.
For the next 27 years I worked for U.S. Navy, shipbuilding. as a civilian employee, nothing very exciting, but physically strenuous and tiring.
Weekends I liked to get out into open areas-hiking in the surroundings of N.Y. city and New Jersey.