Germans make up the United States’ biggest ethnic group: around 50 million people indicated German ancestry in the country’s last census – 6 million more than in the last study. The increase has not resulted, however, from increased immigration. Long established German-Americans have simply made themselves more aware of family history. A ranking of ethnic groups in America shows the importance of Germans in the population’s ethnic makeup:

1. U.S. citizens of German origins = ca. 50 million people
2. U.S. citizens of Irish origins = ca. 35 million people
3. U.S. citizens of Mexican origins = ca. 31 million people
4. U.S. citizens of British origins = ca. 27 million people

Björn Akstinat, coordinator of the association of German-language media worldwide (Internationale Medienhilfe): “Approximately 10 per cent of those with German origins still speak or understand German – including celebrities like Sandra Bullock, Henry Kissinger or Leonardo DiCaprio and relatives of president Trump. In the U.S., these roughly five million people are targeted by a strong German-language media presence composed of over 100 newspapers, magazines, community newsletters and bulletins, as well as around 100 local radio programs and roughly 20 local television broadcasts.”

It’s also worth noting that, worldwide, the U.S. have the oldest weekly German-language newspapers, beginning with the “New Yorker Staats-Zeitung”, which began publication in 1834. At first, this newspaper was one of the biggest in the U.S. Almost as old as the New York paper is Michigan’s 1854-founded “Nordamerikanische Wochen-Post”. “The Saxon News – Volksblatt”, founded by Cleveland’s Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons, and “Eintracht”, the weekly paper out of greater Chicago, were founded not long ago: they were launched in 1902 and 1922, respectively. The tradition-rich “Eintracht” primarily targets the many German-Americans living in the northwestern U.S. Its importance has attracted interviews with numerous outstanding people, including Konrad Adenauer, Willy Brandt, rocket pioneer von Braun, national soccer coach Sepp Herberger and four U.S. presidents. Among the newspaper scene’s true newbies are the East Coast-based “Amerika-Woche” and California’s “Neue Presse”, both founded in the second half of the 20th century. “Amerika-Woche” is one of the biggest publications – especially since its merger with the “Freien Zeitung” (founded 1858) and the “Washington Journal” (1859) in the late 1990s. Noteworthy magazines include “German World” (founded 2002), targeted toward young German speakers and language learners, the colorful women’s magazine “Das Fenster” out of Georgia (1904) and the widely circulated tourism magazine “Florida Sun” (1999). These contemporary designed publications highlight how lively and promising the American German-language media market can be.

More information about German-language press in the U.S.A. you will find in the directory “Handbuch der deutschsprachigen Presse im Ausland” (ISBN: 978-3-9815158-1-7).


Internationale Medienhilfe (IMH)
Network of German-language media abroad and
German media in foreign languages.
Postfach / P.O. Box 35 05 51
D-10214 Berlin
Deutschland / Germany

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“We are losing control of the streets.”

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Comment by Elke Porter:  This is a topic that affects many people in the world today, so I wanted to share it on my blog to help share some up-to-date news on the crisis in Europe.

Translations of this item:

  • During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office. This is equivalent to 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, an increase of nearly 40% over 2015. The data includes only those crimes in which a suspect has been caught.
  • Thousands of migrants who entered the country as “asylum seekers” or “refugees” have gone missing. They are, presumably, economic migrants who entered Germany on false pretenses. Many are thought to be engaging in robbery and criminal violence.
  • Local police in many parts of the country admit that they are stretched to the limit and are unable to maintain law and order.
  • “Drug trafficking takes place right before our eyes. If we intervene, we are threatened, spat on, insulted. Sometimes someone whips out a knife. They are always the same people. They are ruthless, fearless and have no problems with robbing even the elderly.” — Private security guard.
  • According to Freddi Lohse of the German Police Union in Hamburg, many migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green light to continue delinquent behavior. “They are used to tougher consequences in their home countries,” he said. “They have no respect for us.”
  • “It cannot be that offenders continue to fill the police files, hurt us physically, insult us, whatever, and there are no consequences. Many cases are closed or offenders are released on probation or whatever. Yes, what is happening in the courts today is a joke.” — Tania Kambouri, German police officer.

The rape of a ten-year-old girl in Leipzig, the largest city in Saxony, has drawn renewed attention to the spiraling levels of violent crime perpetrated by migrants in cities and towns across Germany — and the lengths to which German officials and the media go to censor information about the perpetrators of those crimes.

The girl was riding her bicycle to school at seven o’clock in the morning on October 27 when a man ambushed her, threw her to the ground and raped her. The suspect is described as being in his mid-thirties with short brown hair and a stubble beard.

Leipzig police have explicitly refused to say whether the suspect is a migrant, but have implicitly admitted that he is. They published a facial composite of the suspect with the politically correct warning:

“This image is to be published only in print media in the greater Leipzig area. Publishing this image on the internet, including on social media such as Facebook, is not covered by the court’s manhunt order (Beschluss zur Öffentlichkeitsfahndung) and is therefore prohibited.”

The effort to censor information about the rape, in which German officials show themselves to be more concerned about protecting the identity of the rapist than the welfare of the victim or other girls he might attack, is almost unprecedented in Germany.

To its credit, the Berlin-based newspaper, Bildresponded: “BILD is ignoring this request. We want to ensure that the suspect is arrested as quickly as possible.” Indeed, Bild has been one of the only newspapers in Germany even to publish not only the image but also report the story of this rape.

Violent crime — including rapes, sexual and physical assaults, stabbings, home invasions, robberies, burglaries and drug trafficking — has skyrocketed in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed into the country more than one million mostly male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Few, if any, of the migrants were vetted before being allowed to enter Germany.

Migrants committed 208,344 crimes in 2015, according to a confidential police report leaked to Bild. This figure represents an 80% increase since 2014 and is equivalent to 570 crimes committed by migrants every day, or 23 crimes each hour, in 2015 alone.

The actual number of migrant crimes is far higher, however: the report, produced by the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA), includes only crimes that have been solved (aufgeklärten Straftaten). According to police statistics, on average only around half of all crimes committed in Germany in any given year are solved (Aufklärungsquote). This implies that the actual number of crimes committed by migrants in Germany in 2015 may have exceeded 400,000.

During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to a BKA report released on September 6. This is equivalent to 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, or 32.5 crimes each hour, an increase of nearly 40% over 2015. Again, the 2016 data includes only those crimes in which a migrant suspect has been caught. Crimes similar to the rape in Leipzig would not appear in the statistics because the suspects remain at large.

Migrant crime statistics for all of 2016, when they become available, are likely to show a significant increase over the 2015 numbers. One reason for this is that thousands of migrants who entered the country as “asylum seekers” or “refugees” have gone missing. They are, presumably, economic migrants who entered Germany on false pretenses. Many are thought to be engaging in robbery and criminal violence to sustain themselves.

Most of the crimes committed by migrants are being downplayed by German authorities, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments. For example, the BKA report states that most of the migrant crimes involve fare evasion — using public transportation without a ticket. As for other crimes, almost invariably they are said to be isolated incidents (Einzelfälle), not part of a nationwide problem.

Gatestone Institute has reviewed hundreds of reports of migrant crime in local police reports and local or regional newspapers. The evidence points to a nationwide surge in migrant crime: cities and towns in all 16 of Germany’s federal states are affected. In fact, local police in many parts of the country admit that they are stretched to the limit and are unable to maintain law and order.

The growing sense of lawlessness is substantiated by an October 24 YouGov poll which foundthat 68% of Germans believe that security in the country has deteriorated during the past several years. Nearly 70% of respondents said they fear for their lives and property in German train stations and subways, while 63% feel unsafe at large public events.

In Hamburg, statistics show that migrants committed nearly half of the 38,000 crimes reported in Hamburg during the first six months of 2016, although migrants make up only a fraction of the city’s 1.7 million inhabitants. Police say that many of the crimes were committed by “migrant gangs” (ausländischen Banden).

City police say they are helpless to confront a spike in crimes committed by young North African migrants. Hamburg is now home to more than 1,800 so-called unaccompanied minor migrants (minderjährige unbegleitete Flüchtlinge, MUFL), most of whom live on the streets and apparently engage in all manner of criminal acts, including purse snatching.

More than 20,000 purses are snatched in Hamburg every year. Most of those are stolen by males between the ages of 20 and 30 who come from the Balkans or North Africa, according to Norman Großmann, the director of the federal police inspector’s office in Hamburg. In recent months, police have carried out operations (here and here) to confront the problem, but the actions have yielded few arrests.

Local media report that gangs of migrant youth have effectively taken over parts of the Jungfernstieg, one of the most prestigious boulevards in Hamburg. Many citizens are avoiding the area, which recently underwent a multi-million euro rehabilitation, because it has become too dangerous.

More than 50 people have been physically assaulted along the Jungfernstieg since the beginning of 2016, and police are being called in almost daily to respond to complaints of aggressive begging, public drunkenness, drug dealing and sexual assault. Restaurant owners are complaining about a spike in robbery and vandalism, and taxi drivers say they are avoiding the area, where Arabic and Farsi are commonplace.

The newspaper, Die Weltreported that unaccompanied minor migrants at a refugee shelter in the Hammerbrook district are “working” at the Jungfernstieg. Stashes of mobile phones, laptops and other stolen goods were recently found hidden in their rooms. Police also arrested a 20-year-old Egyptian named Hassan who repeatedly attacked passersby with a knife. He was filmed groping a girl’s breasts and genitals. When she resisted, he punched her in the face.

Residents of the Alsterdorf district in Northern Hamburg have asked their mayor to do something about a group of 40 highly aggressive unaccompanied minor migrants who are terrorizing the neighborhood. Residents complain about burglaries, robberies and even extortion. A 65-year-old resident said she was attacked by a ten-year-old who was trying to break into a car. A 45-year-old business owner said he is afraid to confront the youths because they might smash his windows. A 75-year-old pensioner said he no longer dares to step outside of his house after dark.

Thomas Jungfer, the deputy director of the German Police Union (DPolG) in Hamburg, warnsthat the city does not have enough police officers to maintain law and order. He says that private security companies are needed to fill in the gaps. “Dissatisfaction among our colleagues is growing,” he said.

In nearby Bremen, police have effectively surrendered the fight against organized crime run by clans from the Balkans and Kurdistan because of the need to pour limited personnel resources into the fight against spiraling street crime by unaccompanied migrant youths.

Rainer Wendt, head of the German Police Union (DPolG) has criticized city officials for their lack of resolve. “Bremen has capitulated to extremely dangerous clans. The state’s monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force [Gewaltmonopol des Staates] is now becoming the law of the jungle. Security continues to go down the drain.”

In Berlin, criminal migrant clans “with strong group loyalties” are operating with impunity in the districts of Neukölln, Wedding, Moabit, Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg. The newsmagazine, Focusreported that the Kottbusser Tor area in Kreuzberg, an area with many migrants, has become a “legal vacuum” because of a reduced police presence. The place has been overrunwith drug trafficking, crime and violence, and residents and shopkeepers report crimes every hour, every day on public streets. A shopkeeper said: “In the past, children could run around here freely. Also, no one paid attention to whether the bag or backpack are secure. Today all this is no longer possible.”

According to Focus, “During the day the area is full of heroin corpses, and at night pickpockets are on the go.” A private security guard said:

“Drug trafficking takes place right before our eyes. If we intervene, we are threatened, spat on, insulted. Sometimes someone whips out his knife. They are always the same people. They are ruthless, fearless and have no problems with robbing even the elderly.”

His colleague added: “Of course, we always call the police. The last time, however, they took two hours to get here.”

In the Rhine-Ruhr region, the largest metropolitan region in Germany, police statistics show that Algerians committed more than 13,000 crimes in 2015, more than twice as many as in 2014. Moroccans committed 14,700 crimes, and Tunisians more than 2,000 crimes.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, a report by the interior ministry revealed that Moroccans committed 6,208 crimes in 2015. Algerians committed 4,995 crimes and Tunisians 1,084. These are significant increases compared to previous years.

According to the NRW Interior Ministry, “Immigrants from North African are increasingly disproportionate as offenders — mainly in large cities. The suspects are most often single young men. Their criminal specialties are robbery and assault.”

In Düsseldorf, local politicians have been accused of ignoring the growing threat posed by violent gangs of migrants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The city is home to a total of 2,244 criminal suspects from North Africa, the majority of them (1,256) from Morocco. On average, they commit an offense every 3.5 hours. A police inspector said: “The group as a whole is disrespectful and absolutely without shame.”

In Stuttgart, police are fighting a losing battle against migrant gangs from North Africa who are dedicated to pickpocketing. In the Rems-Murr district near Stuttgart, rival gangs of migrant youth from the Balkans are “stealing anything that is not nailed down.” Roma and Kosovar youth skip school to go on daily forays systematically to break into cars to steal cell phones and other valuables. They also enter doctor’s offices, residences for the elderly, kindergartens and schools to ransack handbags and jackets.

In Aalen, a 14-year-old Kosovar has a police file with more than 100 entries. A local newspaper reports: “All attempts by the police, judiciary and youth welfare office to instill in him a sense of right and wrong and to re-socialize him have so far failed. On Facebook he brags about his undertakings and his love for gangster rap.”

In Leipzig, the public transportation system has become a magnet for criminals. The number of reported cases of theft on public transport jumped 152% between 2012 and 2015. The number of physical and sexual assaults on public transportation are also up. Overall, the number of reported crimes in buses and trams jumped 111% between 2012 and 2015, and the number of reported crimes at bus stops during that period were up by 40%.

Leipzig police attribute the spike in crime to the rapid increase in the city’s population. They could not confirm the nationality of the perpetrators, however, because that would require a review of each of the crimes, a task that would “exceed the personnel-time capacity.”

In Dresden, migrants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia have effectively taken control over the iconic Wiener Platz, a large public square in front of the central train station. There they sell drugs and pickpocket passersby, often with impunity. Police raids on the square have become a game of “whack-a-mole,” with a never-ending number of migrants replacing those who have been arrested.

In Schwerin, roving bands of migrant youths armed with knives have made the city center increasingly dangerous day and night. City officials have drawn up an action plan to regain control of the streets. A centerpiece of the plan calls for the deployment of more social workers (Straßensozialarbeit) to promote integration.

In Bavaria, Sigrid Meierhofer, the mayor of the resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen complained that local police have responded to more migrant-related crimes during the past six weeks than in all of the previous 12 months combined. In a letter to the Bavarian government, she threatened to close a shelter in the town that houses 250 mostly male migrants from Africa if public safety and order cannot be restored. She has also warned female residents of the town to avoid being outside after dark.

In a bestselling book, Tania Kambouri, a German police officer, describes the deteriorating security situation in Germany due to migrants who she says have no respect for law and order. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio, she said:

“For weeks, months and years I have noticed that Muslims, mostly young men, do not have even a minimum level of respect for the police. When we are out patrolling the streets, we are verbally abused by young Muslims. There is the body language, and insults like ‘sh** cop’ when passing by. If we make a traffic stop, the aggression increases ever further, this is overwhelmingly the case with migrants.

“I wish these problems were recognized and clearly addressed. If necessary, laws need to be strengthened. It is also very important that the judiciary, that the judges issue effective rulings. It cannot be that offenders continue to fill the police files, hurt us physically, insult us, whatever, and there are no consequences. Many cases are closed or offenders are released on probation or whatever. Yes, what is happening in the courts today is a joke.

“The growing disrespect, the increasing violence against police…. We are losing control of the streets.”

According to Freddi Lohse, Vice Chairman of the DPolG German Police Union in Hamburg, many migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green light to continue delinquent behavior. “They are used to tougher consequences in their home countries,” he said. “They have no respect for us.”

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.


Murders, Sexual Assaults and Rapes by Migrants in Germany, October 2016.

German crime reports use a variety of politically correct euphemisms to describe foreign suspects without using the terms “migrant” or “Muslim migrant.”

October 1. Two “southern-looking” (südländische Erscheinung) men raped a 23-year-old woman in Lüneburg. The woman was walking in a park with her young child when the two men approached from behind. The men forced the child to watch while they took turns attacking her mother. A “southerner speaking Arabic” (Südländer, sprach Arabischattempted to rape a 34-year-old woman in Volksgarten. The man ran away when the woman pushed her fingers into his eyes. A “southerner” (südländische Erscheinungpulled a knife on a 12-year-old girl in Kirchdorf. A “southerner” (südländischen Teintexposed himself to two girls, aged eight and ten, in Legden.

October 2. A 19-year-old migrant from Morocco raped a 90-year-old woman as she was leaving a church in downtown Düsseldorf. Police described the suspect as “a Southern European with North African roots.” It later emerged that the man is a Moroccan with a Spanish passport. A migrant from Africa (dunkler/afrikanischer Typsexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman in Altötting.

October 3. A “southerner” (südländisch ausgesehenattempted to kidnap a 14-year-old girl in Landau. The man ran away when the girl activated an electronic whistle (akustischen Notfallstick).

October 4. A “southerner” (südländisches Erscheinungsbildexposed himself to two children, aged 8 and 10, in a playground. A 15-year-old girl from Goldbeck pulled a knife on a 16-year-old migrant from Afghanistan who repeatedly harassed her.

October 5. A migrant from Syria sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl who was on a walk with her grandmother in Gießen. A “southerner” (südländisch aussehenden Tätersexually assaultedtwo girls, aged 16 and 17, in front of a train station in Böblingen. A “dark-skinned” (dunklere Haut) man sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman on a bike path in Oberursel. A “dark-skinned” (dunkler Hautfarbe) man sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman in Ulm.

October 6. A man speaking broken German sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Weingarten. A “black African” (Schwarzafrikanerassaulted a 27-year-old woman in Braunschweig.

October 7. A migrant from North Africa sexually assaulted a 25-year-old woman in downtown Stuttgart.

October 8. A 26-year-old asylum seeker from Syria attempted to rape a 36-year-old woman in a park in Böblingen. A 25-year-old Syrian groped a 15-year-old girl in Moers. The girl responded by slapping the man in the face. The man called the police and complained that the girl had assaulted him. He was arrested for sexual assault. A drunk 33-year-old “migrant from the Middle East” (Zuwanderer aus dem Nahen Ostensexually assaulted a woman in Krefeld.

October 9. A 22-year-old migrant from Eritrea sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman in Lispenhausen. A man speaking broken German sexually harassed a 23-year-old woman in Bietigheim-Bissingen.

October 10. A 26-year-old asylum seeker from Pakistan sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman in Bad Hersfeld. A “dark-skinned” (dunkelhäutig) man assaulted a 21-year-old woman on a train in Stuttgart.

October 11. A migrant groped and fondled a seven-year-old girl on a bus in Demen. A “North African” groped four girls on the subway in Mannheim. A “southern-looking” (südländisches Aussehen) man sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in Wesel. A 31-year-old migrant from Syria exposed himself to a 24-year-old woman in Markgröningen. A “southern-looking” (südländisches Aussehen) man exposed himself to two 14-year-old girls in Kevelaer.

October 12. Two “southern-looking” (südländisches Aussehen) man sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at a bus stop in Weikersheim. A 21-year-old migrant from Libya sexually assaulteda woman in Leipzig. A man speaking German with an accent assaulted a 36-year-old woman in Siegen.

October 13. A 19-year-old migrant from Pakistan physically assaulted an 18-year-old woman in Monschau. As police were taking the man to the station, he head-butted a female officer. A “dark-skinned” (dunkelhäutige Mann) man exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in Aichach. A 33-year-old migrant from Iraq was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for raping a 55-year-old woman in Heilbronn. A 20-year-old migrant from Mali was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 42-year-old woman in Munich.

October 14. A “southern-looking” (südländisches äußeres Erscheinungsbild) man sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl at a park in Ahaus. A man with an Arabic tattoo groped two 11-year-old girls at a public swimming pool in Gronau. Two men with “very dark skin” (sehr dunkle Hautfarbesexually assaulted two teenage girls in Bad Hersfeld. A “southerner” (südländischassaulted a 23-year-old woman in Wilhelmshaven.

October 15. A “dark-skinned” (dunklen Teint) man in his twenties sexually assaulted a 77-year-old woman in Bothfeld. Police believe the same man is responsible for four other assaults in the town that occurred in July, September and early October. Just days after arriving in Germany, three Afghans aged 17, 24 and 29 sexually assaulted two 14-year-old girls at a public swimming pool in Gronau. Two 18-year-old migrants from West Africa raped two 18-year-old women in Bremen. A man “apparently of foreign origin” (offenbar ausländischer Abstammungphysically assaulted a woman in front of the train station in Oranienburg. When a 32-year-old passerby intervened to protect the woman, he was attacked by the migrant, who remains at large.

October 16. A 16-year-old boy and his 15-year-old girlfriend were walking along the banks of the Alster, a lake in the heart of Hamburg, when a stranger ambushed him from behind and plunged a knife into his back. The attacker then pushed the girl into the water and walked away. The girl survived but the boy died of his wounds. The suspect, a “southern-looking” (südländischer Erscheinung) man in his early twenties, remains at large. Police say the victims were not robbed and there is not evident motive for the crime: The suspect appears to have randomly stabbed the boy just because he felt like it. On October 29, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the murder, but German police say they doubt that claim. Also on October 16, a 31-year-old migrant from Pakistan raped a 26-year-old woman at a park in Dresden.

October 18. A “southerner” (südländischer Typsexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in Hildesheim.

October 19. A 29-year-old migrant from Syria appeared in court on charges of sexually molesting ten children in Freiburg and Müllheim. The father of one of the victims took a photograph of the suspect, but police waited ten days before acting on the lead.

October 22. An 18-year-old migrant from Somalia murdered an 87-year-old woman in Neuenhaus.

October 24. Seventeen migrants surrounded two women and sexually assaulted them near the central train station in Freiburg. Only three of the men, all from Gambia, were arrested, and they have been released. The crime is similar to the taharrush gamea “collective sexual harassment” that occurred in Cologne and other German cities on New Year’s Eve, when large groups of migrant males surrounded females and sexually assaulted them.

October 27. A ten-year-old girl was raped while she was riding her bicycle to school in Leipzig. Police published a facial composite of the suspect with the politically correct warning: “This image is to be published only in print media products in the Leipzig region. Publishing it on the Internet, including on social media such as Facebook, is not covered by the court order and is therefore not allowed.” Two men speaking broken Germany sexually assaulted a woman in Fürstenzell.

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Wenn meine Leser wissen wollen, wurde ich bezahlt um diese Sachen zu sagen?  Die Antwort ist NEIN.  Ich bekomme nur für meine Anzeigen etwas bezahlt (Home Page/Advertising Page).  Ich habe jetzt auch zum ersten Mal erfolgreich eine Sendung heruntergeladen und schaue gerade eine “Tagesschau” über den “Brexit” Referendum.  Sehr interessant!

Bitte lass mich wissen, ob ihr es ausprobiert habt und wenn ja, wie es euch gefallen hat!

Danke!  Elke Porter

Vancouver Fashion Week 2016 Story

For some reason i was inspired to create a video where I was going to share my story about the many different fashion designers I met in poetry form.

I have always loved poetry, but haven’t written any for years.  This year, it all came back to me and I have now written at least 10 poems since Christmas (and it is March).  If you like this sort of thing and want your very own poetry story, you will be happy to know that I charge only $25 for the average poem.

Back to my Fashion Story, here is the YouTube Link:

The description reads: I went to the Vancouver Fashion Week on March 15th and 19th mainly in order to meet German fashion designers and anyone else inspired or connected to Germany for my blog “Westcoast German News”. At the same time, I also met other designers and thanks to a front row seat, was able to take a few picture that I am now sharing with anyone interested.
Some of the artists mention in this video include Gabrielab, Grace C.Y. Lam, Jennifer Somoza, Elephanatics, TFORTHREE, Lima Jordan, Gatsbylady London, Scarlett Bruns, Bethany Williams, Noe Bernacelli, Firan&Rose, Danny Reinke, and a few others… enjoy!

Three Different Activists

I really enjoyed learning about the different ways that fashion designers can be activists and I would like to highlight the Elephantiasis connected to the Vancouver Group Elephanatics ( that says on their website:  Elephanatics was formed in May 2013. We are the only elephant advocacy organization in British Columbia, Canada! Our mission is to help the long-term survival of African and Asian elephants by raising awareness and disseminating information regarding the enormous challenges and suffering elephants  face in  Africa’s poaching crisis and in Asia’s tourist trade

I would also like to talk about Bethany Williams and her “Breadline Collection” who states:  The current collection ‘Breadline’ particularly wants to highlight and help find solutions to the hidden hunger in the UK, specifically working along side the Vauxhall Food Bank and Tesco to achieve this. We have developed an exchange of fresh fruit and vegetables (from Tesco) for waste items from the food banks users household. We have developed a collection using these waste materials, plus recycled cardboard and ‘Tesco everyday value’ branded organic prints, all donated by Tesco. We will be donating 30% of profits to The Vauxhall food bank, continuing the cycle of exchange.

Also, Scarlett Bruns, a German-Canadian model with her own agency Leo Management, also worked hard to: play an important role in educating the mass about the BC Film tax credits. Teaming up with her film crew, Scarlett ended up casting and producing PSA’s to raise awareness using the slogan #SaveBCFilm back in 2013

Featuring Designer Danny Reinke

Danny Reinke - before showIMG_8374

1.  Wo sind sie aufgewachsen und wo wohnen sie jetzt?

Aufgewachsen bin ich in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in einem kleinem Fischerdorf Namens Mönkebude.
Derzeit lebe und arbeite ich in Berlin.

DannyReinkeModel2.  Wie kamst du zu deinem Beruf als Designer?

Als ich als Kind eine Ausschreibung einer Kunsthochschule zu dem Thema „Kunst am Menschen“ gesehen und teilgenommen habe, war mein Interesse für Mode geweckt.

3.  Wer inspiriert dich?

Ich habe viele Inspirationsquellen. Je nach Thema oder Kollektionsschwerpunkt hole mir meine Inspirationen aus dem jeweiligen Bereich.

4.  In welchen Städten hast du deine Designs vorgestellt?

Auf der Berlin Fashion Week und der Vancouver Fashion Week.

5.  Career Highlights/Lieblings Outfit

Ich habe den European Fashion Award (FASH) 2014 gewonnen.
Mein Lieblingsteil der Kollektion ist die bestickte „Fuchsjacke“. Sie war auch das erste teil der Kollektion.


Danny Reinke - Fuchs Jacke

6.  Was sind manche Zukunftspläne die sie haben?
Ich würde gerne mein Label mein Label ausbauen und eventuell in ein paar Jahren in London arbeiten.


7.  Wo kann man in Vancouver (Kanada) ihre Designs bestellen/Kontakt Infos
Derzeit kann man meine Outfits nur online bestellen. Alles wird noch direkt auf Maß angefertigt. Ein Online-Shop ist für dieses Jahr geplant.


IMG_8494IMG_8498IMG_8501IMG_8499IMG_8508IMG_8510Danny Reinke - boy/girl jimmiesIMG_8512

Danny Reinke - pink dress IMG_8530 IMG_8529 IMG_8527 IMG_8525Danny Reinke - puffy white dress


There are two people born in Berlin and one who started out in Hamburg, but worked in Berlin, at this year’s 27th Vancouver Fashion Week. I will be writing about Scarlett Bruns, president and agent of Leo Management, first of all.

Scarlett Bruns

Rojda Hoda and Scarlett Bruns 2016

Rojda Hoda, designer of Gatsbylady London, with model Scarlett Bruns with Leo Management

1. Where are you from?
I grew up in Berlin, near Lichterfelde West/Steglitz. Now I live in Vancouver, BC

2. What made you decide to get into fashion/modelling?
I started out as a plus-sized model for designers like Reitmans, Addition Elle, Dove etc I did runway modelling in Vancouver, Toronto, LA, as well. Started acting in Theatre in Berlin originally and then moved on to film and TV, had the majority of my success here in Canada for some of the biggest TV shows like Supernatural, Smallville, and Tidewaters

3. What are some career highlights and/or favourite designers?
I enjoyed Ivido Brand Jeans, as instead of number-sizes, they have names like Sambo, Sweet Delicious, Flamenco or Spacy. I also like Green Embassy, which is Australia’s first internationally recognised organic fashion label by Zuhal Kuvan-Mills. She uses turmeric and lavender as dye, for example.

Gatsbylady London 20164. Who inspired you along the way?
My little sister, Sabrina has walked runways across Canada, China, Italy and is heading to Peru for fashion Week on March 26 2016.

Great Gatsbylady London

5. What is your favourite city?
Berlin, hands down. I have lots of friends there, but I have family in  Badneun Ahr and Papenburg as well as Australia and Mira Mar (formerly Burma).

About the Designer for Gatsbylady London: Rojda Hoda started sewing and designing clothes when she was a little girl. She worked in factories where she learned every aspect of sewing and pattern making. After that, she strengthened her knowledge with a postgraduate degree from University of London and MSc degree in Fashion a leading University in Great Britain. After obtaining her degrees and coupled with her production background, she moved to the high fashion design industry.


What sets Gatsbylady London apart is the quality of fabrics, unique hand embellished designs and the flexibility of their fits. Their designs are individual, effortless, comfortable and stretches by a size for an easy fit.

Gatsbylady London 20166. What are some future plans for you (Scarlett Bruns)?
I would like to expand my modelling agency, which also caters to actors, musicians, young models and was started as a “for performers, by performers” kind of organization, run by those who had all been professionals in their careers and could now mentor others who wanted to do the same.

7. Why did you call your talent agency Leo Management?
It was named after my astrological star sign – Leo!

Gatsbylady London
8.What are some contact details?

Gatsbylady London:

Gatsbylady London


  • Scarlett loves volunteering and giving back she is involved with the following charities on a regular, and continuing basis: Make a Wish Foundation, BC Childrens Hospital, Starlight Foundation, Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders, Empty Stocking Fund, Big Brothers, Rick Hansen, Paws for a Cause, City of Hope, North Shore Hospice, World Vision, BC Cancer Agency, and Basics for Babies
  • If the German Monarchy was still in effect Scarlett Bruns would be 26th in line to the German Throne
  • Scarlett Bruns is a direct descendent of the Dere Von De-Gaudelle family and is a member of the German and French artistocratic nobility.


All pictures above were taken by ⒸElke Porter

Please ask, if you would like to use or “borrow” one and please allow me to retain the photo credit, if you are using one in your blog post or article. (or even if sharing one on social media).

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