End of World War 2: Germany was divided into 4 zones, each to be
managed by an occupying military government. The official US policy, known
as The Non-Fraternization Policy, was to prohibit personal contact between
Germans and Americans.
General Lucius D. Clay, Military Governor of the US-Occupied Zone in
Germany, disregarded the Non-Fraternization Policy and instead, issued
instructions to establish German-American Friendship Clubs in the entire
At the end of 1947, an idea to establish the Munich Women's Club
arose. Several German ladies, including Her Royal Highness (IKH) Princess
Pilar von Bayern, together with the wives of the American officers stationed
in Munich, wanted to help relieve the suffering of the people in the
difficult post-war time.
The newly founded German-American Women's Club of Munich quickly
distinguished itself through its charitable activities. IKH Princess Pilar
von Bayern, together with both German and American club members, worked to help the poor and needy.
The first Silver Tea of the German-American Women's Club of Munich
took place in the home of the US Consul General in Munich, Sam E. Woods.
Donations were collected.
The first Magnolia Ball was held in Munich's Regina Palast Hotel.
IKH Princess Pilar von Bayern was elected as President of the
German-American Women's Club of Munich.
The student exchange program 'A Bridge over the Ocean' was
established as an initiative of the German-American Women's Club of Munich.
Two American students were invited to study for one year at a
German university. In exchange, the US universities of those two students
provided scholarships to two German students.
US Vice-President Nixon recognized the Federation of German-American
Clubs for its achievements.
The German-American Youth Program was started. German and American
youth between the ages of 14 and 18 were brought together for weekend
For the first time, the German-American Friendship Week took place,
with participation from leading Germans and Americans.
The VDAC (Federation of German-American Clubs) founded the Alumni
Club as a platform and network for alumni of the student exchange program.
General Lucius D. Clay, who paved the way for the founding of the
Federation of German-American Clubs, when in 1946, as Military Governor of
the US-Occupied Zone, he ended the 'Non-Fraternization Policy', received the
Konrad Adenauer Prize for his service. He donated the monetary portion of
the prize, 32.000 DM, to the Federation.
German-American Day was established and replaced German-American
Friendship Week. Every year since then on October the Federation has
bestowed its highest recognition on those people who have done the most to
promote German-American relations.
Students and youth from the former DDR have taken part in the
Student Exchange and Youth Programs.
The Trans-Atlantic youth program 'Homestay Program in the USA' was
introduced and the first German youth travelled to the USA, spending time in
the homes of American families.
The youth program 'Homestay Program in Germany' for American youth
visiting Germany was started.
50th anniversary of 'The German-American Youth Program'. (est. 1958)
Chancellor Angela Merkel was awarded the General Lucius D. Clay
medal by the VDAC.
55th anniversary of 'The German-American Student Exchange Program'
(est. 1957). Since its start, about 2700 students from Germany and the USA
have taken part in this program. As of 2012, agreements with 20 USA partner universities have been made, including with the University of Cincinnati, located in Munich's sister-city.
65th anniversary of the German American Women's Club of Munich (est.
1948). On the occasion of its anniversary, the Club's first press
conference was held at the International Press Club of Munich.
The second press conference was held at the International Press Club of Munich.
The 65th Magnolia Ball was held by the German-American Women's Club of Munich (yearly since 1951).
The 68th Silver Tea took place in the Kaisersaal of the Munich Residenz (yearly since 1949).
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