Over the years Donald Trump has embraced his family background in many different but sometimes inconsistent ways. In his 1987 book "The Art of the Deal" he claims that his family hails from Sweden. However, in more recent times he tries to clear things up and admits that his family is not really from Sweden, but rather they are from a sleepy little town in the Rhineland state of Palatinate, Kallstadt.

The mix-up all started when World War II broke out, and Trump's family fearing for their safety and reputation in the United States started telling their fellow Americans that they were from Sweden, to distance themselves from the Nazi party in Germany. Interestingly enough, this is a problem that might occur for other segments of Americans in our modern era should Trump have some of his doltish ideas implemented. Digging deeper into background of Trump it is easy to find a story that would be easy to make into a Hollywood hit.

In a 2014 German documentary called "Kings of Kallstadt" Trump speaks about his family's greatness and prestige known to all the people of Kallstadt. Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Trump (later renamed Fredrick) came to the United States in 1885, without any visa or documentation allowing him the right to enter into the United States many claim, at the age of 16. In the United States Friedrich joind the many others seeking out their fortunes in the Gold Rush. He opened up a restaurant in the Yukon territory where often times his customers could not pay using the paper money in circulation at the time; so they would pay using golden nuggets instead. Taking this gold Fredrick Trump would send them back to New York where his two sisters would buy property around the city of New York using the gold.

Trump goes on to say more about the "strong women" in his family, who really did their share of the work to bring the family to prosperity. One such example is Trumps grandmother, Elisabeth Christ. Elisabeth lived with her family in the village of Kallstadt just across the street from the Trump family. Elisabeth and Fredrick were married, and local historians tell that Elisabeth never wanted to immigrate to the United States, however, she was forced due to the German government's denial of citizenship renewal for Fredrick Trump. Regardless of her willingness to move to the United States, she made it to New York, and according to Donald Trump himself, his grandmother Elisabeth Trump, was a tough lady who didn't play games.

In a village that is well known for the tradition of its citizenry to brag and boast, (the local youth group is called "The Braggarts") when asked many people in the village of Kallstadt declined to comment on Mr. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. One of the few who did comment when asked was a Mrs. Fuhrmaan, age 51. She says Trump is a questionable personality, and says he may be a shrewd businessman, he seems to her, and many others she knows in the village of Kallstadt, as very unsympathetic and a person who does not appeal to her politically. More than that she went on to say, being a leader is not only about money and fame, there are many other factors that come into play as well. The dislike for many of the things that Trump has said on the campaign trail has led to some refusing to speak about Trump's candidacy at all.

When asked why, some commented that the village of Kallstadt has much deeper history and traditions, that would be much better to discuss over a New Yorker who is running for the American presidency on a platform of public-fame and little else. Things such as the ice wine served at Queen Elizabeth's coronation, or the stuffed sow's stomach that is a favorite of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, or even another famous American family that hails from the village of Kallstadt, the Heinz family.

The comparison between the two families could not be more extreme in the village of Kallstadt. Many people in the village of Kallstadt know of the Heinz family's success, and has seen that success in very real ways come back to the family's hometown. Johann-Heinrich Heinz — the father of the H. J. Heinz company founder — immigrated to the United States around 1840, says Kallstadt volunteer fire chief and vintner Guenter Heinz. Like all those who went from Kallstadt to Hamburg, got on a ship and went to the United States, Johann Heinz had courage, Guenter Heinz said. Like the Trumps, the German and American sides of the Heinz family largely lost touch decades ago. However, the contrast that the people of Kallstadt point out is that while none of the American Trumps have ever visited the village, many members of the Heinz family have over the years come back to the village to reconnect with their roots, and help reinvest in the city where their ancestors came from. Kallstadt's Protestant pastor, Rev. Oliver Herzog, says that members of the Heinz family even helped with restoration efforts of a church that was in dire need of repair, including helping cover some of the cost for the church's 260-year-old French Baroque organ.

Mayor Thomas Jaworek says the ancestral Trump home has been renovated and resold a number of times, and that the last Trump has moved away from Kallstadt a while ago. Leaving only a little blue sign above the mailbox that says: "God sees everything, but my neighbor a lot more!"

Published by Allen Colombo Jr.