By the time Klaus was born just at the end of the second world war, his father had already died. He and his mother would eventually settle in Hanover, Germany—as refugees—where Klaus has vivid childhood memories of playing “Cowboys and Indians” and visiting Amerika Haus, where he watched cartoons and films about American culture (“which,” he says, “included lots of propaganda”). As he grew older, Klaus was inspired to read as much as he could about America, “which seemed like heaven to me.” Two of the books he read that would make the long journey to the United States with him in 1957 were the American classics “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “The Leatherstocking Tales” (German translations of both). In the intervening years since his arrival, Klaus has had many experiences that have challenged both his German and his American identities, leaving him wondering exactly where he fits into the landscape of the American Dream.
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