Friendship club offers special evening, trip to France

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

The German-American Friendship Association Siegelbach recently had its membership meeting to talk about future events.

One topic members talked about was the trip to Normandy, France, May 26 to 29.

“Sixty-two years ago, Germans and Americans met as enemies in the Normandy. It was terrible for both nations, but also a chance for Germany to overcome the terror regime of Hitler,” said Erhard Weber, German president of GAFAS.

The bus trip starts 5:30 a.m. May 26 from the Siegelbach Tierpark parking lot.

The first stop will be at Reims to see the cathedral and the old city, and the second stop will be at Épernay to see the champagne cellar.

***image1***Trip members will stay at Hotel Air de la Baie in Carentan, France. May 27, a tour of local historical places, a German and American cemetery is scheduled with a local tour guide. May 28, the historical towns of St. Mère Église, Bayeux and Caen will be toured. On the return day, May, 29, if possible, a city tour of Paris by bus will take place.

Cost for a double room is €330 per person and for a single room, it’s €380. Three-bed rooms are available for €280 and four-bed rooms are €250 per person. Three- and four-bed rooms are for families with children under 12. Cost includes the bus fee, three overnights with breakfast and dinner, two days of guided tours and the visit in Épernay.

Another topic of the meeting was the information evening about the emigration of Germans from the local area to America which is scheduled to take place 4 p.m. April 8 at the Siegelbach town hall.

Roland Paul from the Institute for Palatinate History in Kaiserslautern will be the guest speaker. He will talk about the emigration and show a movie about people from the Pfalz who emigrated to America.

“Mr. Paul is a very knowledgeable historian who can give a lot of information,” said Mr. Weber. “American visitors will learn a lot about emigration and their ancestors. Common things will be revealed.”

A typical Palatinate meal will be served. The main dish will be catered. Cost is €5 per person. Participants, who bring a salad or cake to share, don’t have to pay for their meal. Drinks will be available at reasonable prices.

The friendship club is still looking for people who play an instrument and would like to perform that evening.

Also needed are volunteers who help to set up tables and chairs in the town hall.

“The evening will provide information, education, entertainment and food,” said Mr. Weber.

For reservations, call Mr. Weber at 06301-8327 or e-mail