Cleveland German-American Oral History Project

The Cleveland German-American Oral History Project was conceived of and directed by Dr. Mark B. Cole with funding from the Cleveland Donauschwaben German-American Cultural Center and the Michael Schwartz Library at CSU. The goal of this oral history collection is to not only safeguard the unique stories of Cleveland's Danube Swabians and other ethnic German groups, but also to preserve these invaluable resources for future researchers seeking to learn about the social, cultural, and economic impact of immigration on Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Ernest Biebel was born on October 12th, 1941, in Uivar, Romania, and migrated to the United States in 1955 to pursue a new life after World War II and the aftermath. In this 2019 interview, Biebel discusses the experiences of his childhood in Europe, his family's move to the United States, and his life in the United States as a native German speaker.