See The German Town Where Trump's Ancestors Made Wine Before the Company Reportedly Went Bust
No one overseas is watching Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency more than the residents of a quaint village in Germany, 4,000 miles from Trump Tower.
The town is Kallstadt, Germany, and it is the ancestral home of the Trumps.
Trump’s grandfather was born and raised in a modest home there. When it came time for him to find a wife, he didn’t stray too far; he married a girl who lived right across the street.
Frederick Trump and his wife Elizabeth left Kallstadt in 1905 and settled in Queens, New York.
"Trump" wasn't always the family name, as comedian John Oliver recently revealed. The Trumps were known as “Drumpfs” in the 1500s.
Subsequent generations changed the name to “Trum,” then “Tromb,” “Drumb” and finally “Trump.”
There are no Trumps left in Kallstadt, but signs of the famous name remain. In one region, a Trump winery once thrived. The Trumps made wine there for a 100 years - until they reportedly went bust in 2006.
At the town graveyard, there were numerous Trump gravestones. The family name existed until very recently. Hans Trump passed away in 2010 and Helene Trump in 1994.
INSIDE EDITION caught up with Trump's oldest known German relative, his second cousin, Heiner Wiesenborn. He's in the family business – winemaking. His son, Trump's third cousin, is Bernd.
Asked if he would vote for Trump, Heiner didn’t want to say.
The presidential hopeful spoke about his pride in his German heritage in a 2014 documentary, Kings of Kallstadt.
“The people of Kallstadt - they're strong, they're reliable people - and I feel that about myself - I'm strong, and I'm very reliable. I'm on time. I get things done,” he said.
The Kallstadt residents certainly make their guests feel at home. They went out of their way to cook the local specialty just for IE.
They prepared “saumagen,” stuffed pigs’ stomach, stuffed with different meats, vegetables, and spices. While IE ate, the village's bakers’ choir sang.
If Trump is elected, you can be sure the German village will throw one heck of a party!