More than 22,000 Protestant citizens of the Catholic Church State Salzburg were deprived of their native country by the Edict of Expulsion of Salzburg’s Prince Archbishop Firmian in 1731. Only a small number of them agreed to resettle in America. Many groups of the former Salzburg citizens who were now stateless traveled through Germany. A huge amount of money was contributed to help the exiles and people greeted them with incredible hospitality. All of Europe was moved by their fate. With the help of letters, diaries and other historical sources the book traces the journey of Salzburg’s exiled Protestants and shows how they built new lives in America. It required great personal sacrifice for them to establish their city “Eben-Ezer” on the Savannah River, where they found a permanent home.
Christoph Lindenmeyer studied Protestant Theology in Erlangen, Heidelberg and Munich, and until 2010 was editor-in-chief of Bavarian Broadcasting, and radio and television presenter. As Honorary Professor, he teaches at the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, and he also lectures at the German School of Journalism. He is a member of the German PEN Club, and editor of the 10-volume BR-radiobuch and many audio-books (together with Johannes Grotzky).