Kellers

In Rutherfurd's New York, the fictional German immigrant family of Keller enter America in the first half of the nineteenth century, and live by the Bowery on the Lower East Side in what was then known as Little Germany, or Kleindeutschland. The number of German immigrants was huge, and their descendants at one time probably constituted the largest national group in the USA. Most moved westwards as farmers, but many remained in New York City. The Kellers' neighbourhood also contained many Irish families, and Gretchen Keller soon becomes the close friend of the fictional Mary O'Donnell.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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