Germany is the opposite of America, in many ways. For example, the government there did not outsource their jobs and de-unionize and disenfranchize their working class. As a result, their cars remain aspirational baubles, to most denizens of this planet.

Ironically, German-Americans make up the largest ethnic group in the US and German narrowly escaped becoming the national language, by a few votes of the fledgling US Government.

Less well-known, is that the number of German-Americans rose by 6 million during the first decade of the 21st century, to 49.8
million, almost as much as the US’s 50.5 million Hispanics.

While wars between the US and the UK ended in the 18th century and millions of Germans were emigrating to America (with a large contingent, coming here as mercenaries, to fight on the Confederate side of the Civil War), there were also wars between
Germany and the rest of the world; two big 20th century wars, which halved and chewed the nation of Germany down to the bone – only for that country to emerge into the highly-functioning unit that it is, today.

It is because of this mysterious, high-functionality, that in this documentary, a young British family takes the challenge of moving to Germany, to live their lives, according to German norms, to better understand what is at work in the highly functioning state – that less then a century ago, was the unfathomably worst pariah of them all.

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