Photographer's Note

About German Immigration
The German immigration to Brazil was the migratory movements in the nineteenth and twentieth of Germans to various regions of Brazil. The causes of this process can be found in common social problems occurring in Europe and the abundance of land in Brazil. The main States that receibed Germans were Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (south and southeast regions of Brazil).

In Paraná State the first colony was founded in 1829 in Rio Negro. In 1855 Germans from Prussia founded the Colonies of "Nova Terra" and "Santa Leopoldina" in Castro city. Between 1877 and 1879 a great number of Germans came from Russia.

In Curitiba, German immigrants began arriving in greater numbers, from 1833, and strongly influenced the culture and the local economy. Many existing houses still holds the German architecture. To preserve German culture, immigrants organized themselves into German-Brazilian companies such as the Club Concordia, Rio Branco Club, Duque de Caxias Club, Thalia Club, Graciosa Country Club and Morgenau Society.

My German Ancestor
In 2000, it was estimated a number of 5 million Brazilians had at least one German ancestor. I myself have a German ancestor. My great-grandmother, named Ana, was descendt of Germans and Brazilian Indians. She married with my great-granfather Antonio who was Portuguese. My grandmother Irene borned in Santa Catarina State married with my Grandfather Batista a italian from Calabria region. Curiously my father parents are from Calabria too. Playfully my father sister married with my mother bother so my cusins are almost brothers to me.
This family mix is quite common in Brazil. Making it more crazy, my wife have ancestors from Portugal, German, Lebanon and Brazilian indian too. So my son have ancestors from many parts of world (Germany, Italy, Portugal, Lebanon and Brazil).

About the photo
This German flag is an awning that covers part of the German Bar placed in Curitiba Historic Center. This german restaurant was inaugurated in 1979 and works at 63 Claudino dos Santos Street from 11 AM to 2AM non-stop. It has rustic/medieval decoration with long tables made of wood and german flags all around. See a common dish served there clicking here

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