An Enduring Legacy

Today, the wounds of anti-German sentiment are healed and few recall the loyalty hearings of World War I. The Schiller Linden tree stands proudly on UNL's campus as a testament to Fossler and Lincoln's German community's impact on the development of the university. War, hysteria, and fear mongering led to innocent Americans being demonized and prosecuted. A beautiful symbol of international unity was destroyed out of xenophobia and intolerance. This era in the university's history is an ugly one, but the episode can be used to teach future generations about acceptance.