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Summarized by Rosemary Pollock

German TV show on Quincy Illinois May Include Nauvoo
Quincy IL Herald-Whig 18May00 D1
By Ann Pierceall: Herald-Whig Staff Writer

QUINCY, ILLINOIS -- Quincy, Illinois will be the stage for millions of potential television viewers when a German news magazine takes an up-close and personal look at the rich German heritage, culture and quality of life in the city of Quincy. The one-hour program, titled "Heimat in der Ferne" (Home Away From Home), will air in September and be hosted by Dagmar Berghoff, a popular German news anchor. It will feature local music and entertainment. "We've been interested in the German heritage. We've been amazed at what we've seen," said executive producer Martin Wohlfarth. He says the show may also look at nearby Nauvoo, Illinois.

"For our episode, we're primarily interested in first-generation Germans," he said. This would involve immigrants who settled in Quincy during the 1940's and 50's and still speak German. Wohlfarth and program writer Stephanie Maier and Platin Orchestra manager Josef Hesse have been curious about Quincy's German connections.

"We said we have to see this. I hadn't expected the architecture to be so interesting," he said. "In between, there's the personal stories of the German people," he said. They will focus on the lives of four or five German speaking families. Specifically, "what brought them over here and whether they found a home away from home, because that's the title."

The Quincy Convention &Visitors Bureau and WGEM-TV have assisted the 15 member production crew during its visit. The filming will take place from July 1 -10. "Outside the flood of '93 and the president's visit, this is probably the biggest stage we could play on," said Leo Henning, general manager of WGEM-TV.

"It's a mixture between touristic information of the country, the entertainment aspect with the music, and of course, the German heritage (viewers) see that make the show popular," Wohlfarth said. The show will be broadcast throughout Germany and via satellite to all of northern Europe.


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