“It is easy to get different opinions, one side says that the other says that, but facts are facts,” Alexandra von Nahmen, the 2019 Kleinfeld Lecture speaker, said. “There are no alternative facts.”

On Nov. 14, von Nahmen, a German journalist who covers politics in Washington D.C., spoke at Wartburg College as part of the annual Kleinfeld Lecture.

Von Nahmen spoke on which candidates currently hold the strongest chance among the Democractic candidates for the Presidential race in 2020.

“If you have an international perspective, it’s going to be different from yours, because you are a citizen of this country,” von Nahmen said. “It doesn’t have to change your views, but it’s good to know there are different perspectives on a topic.”

Nationalism and populism in past and present Germany and how the factors played into Germany’s view of President Donald J. Trump and his following were also touched on.

“I definitely was so interested in getting to see things from a German journalists perspective which is refreshing in today’s world with all the talk of American isolationism.”


Dr. Daniel Walther, Wartburg’s Gerald R. Kleinfeld Endowed Chair in German History, said each year he has tried to bring in a speaker for the lecture that can connect with different communities at Wartburg.

“What happens in the United States does impact other parts of the world and any time you can expand an individual’s frame of reference, I think that’s a benefit,” Walther said.

“I think that it enriches our lives and can impact and change the way we make decisions.” Wyatt Hintermeister, a third-year political science, international relations and Spanish triple-major, said von Nahmen’s discussion of intergovernmentalism and the economic alliances between the United States and Europe was interesting to hear.

“I definitely was so interested in getting to see things from a German journalists perspective which is refreshing in today’s world with all the talk of American isolationism,” Hintermeister said. “I left the lecture with lots of questions, in a good way.”

Von Nahmen has worked for Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, for 12 years and in 2017 she became the Washington bureau chief for the company.

One struggle von Nahmen faced as a journalist covering the White House was making sure others understood the importance of an international view of American politics.

“Sometimes if you want to be respected in your country, you think that it’s only important what national, regional and local media write about you,” von Nahmen said. “It’s worth talking to us to have a better understanding of how you’re being viewed abroad and what are the issues that are important from our perspective.”

To follow von Nahmen’s news coverage, go to and search “von Nahmen.”

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