On April 11, 2014, the American Ambassador, His Excellency John B. Emerson, visited the City of Augsburg. In the context of a tour of Bavaria, he attended a debate of pupils at the Holbein-Gymnasium as well as a conversation with representatives of the regional economy about the intended American-European free trade agreement. Beforehand, there was an official welcome at the prince’s room of the town hall by third mayor Peter Grab, with an entry in the City of Augsburg’s Golden Book.
Among the few invited guests from regional politics and Augsburg’s societies with a bearing on American culture and Augsburg’s US-post-war history, were the chairmen of the Amerika in Augsburg e.V. society, Georg Feuerer and Max Lohrmann. During a little drink, Mr. Feuerer took advantage of the opportunity and explained the goals and activities of the society, and emphasized this with an able society coin handshake. The ambassador was accompanied by three staff members of the Munich consulate as well as by security members. Highest-ranking guest from Augsburg was the present chief administrator of the Regierungsbezirk Swabia, Karl Michael Scheufele. In his speech, mayor Peter Grab acknowledged the former U.S. garrison town Augsburg – United States relations of more than 50 years, benevolently noted by ambassador John B. Emerson.
Ambassador Emerson replying in German the official welcome by mayor Grab.
The entry in the City of Augsburg´s Golden Book.
A look at the dedication, and the presentation of a gift by the City of Augsburg.
Having a drink, from left: Peter Grab, John B. Emerson, Leyla Dues (consulate Munich), Matthias Fink (Augsburg International e.V.), and Karl Michael Scheufele.
Amerika in Augsburg e.V´s Georg Feuerer´s society coin handshake with the American ambassador. A careful examination of the coin is following. In the background (right) MdL (member of Bavarian parliament) Linus Förster is talking to Peter Grab.
Ambassador John B. Emerson (middle) with AiA chairmen Georg Feuerer (right) and Max Lohrmann (left)
Left: Matthias Fink, Augsburg International e.V. (right), and John B. Emerson are emphasizing the German-American relations with a handshake. Right: Farewell in front of the town hall foyer.
All photos: Amerika in Augsburg e.V.
Translation: Heinz Strüber