Letter, Samuel Avery to Laurence Fossler


Letter, Samuel Avery to Laurence Fossler


World War I
German language program


A letter to Professor Laurence Fossler from Chancellor Avery about the German program during World War I. The correspondence ends with Avery asking Fossler for a less German word of Sauerkraut.


Avery, Samuel


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1917, Dec. 26


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Professor Laurence Fossler,
The University.

Dear Professor Fossler:-

As there re a good many of our wall intentioned fellow citizens who think that any pleasant reference to things of Germanic origin is not quite patriotic in war time, I am wondering seriously if it might not be a good things for the Deutsche Gesellige Verein not to hold any meetings in war times. This would seem to be a cage where it was easier to go into voluntary retirement than constantly to make explanations.
The situation is, of course, different with classroom grind. Abundant testimony could be produced from the students to show that the classroom study of a foreign language creates a prejudice in the minds of the learners against the people that invented such a medium of communication.
Speaking less seriously, can you give me any French expression that I can use in the place of Weinerwurst and Sauerkraut? These are favorite dishes of mine, but I do not wish to be considered unpatriotic during the war period by using German terms in a way that brings a pleasant expression to my face.

Very cordially yours,




Avery, Samuel, “Letter, Samuel Avery to Laurence Fossler ,” Nebraska U, accessed October 17, 2021, https://unlhistory.unl.edu/items/show/598.

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