Opposition and its Consequences: Prejudice Against German Americans Why were some Americans prejudice towards German Americans? Web Link â 1 Web Link â 2 VFT MENU Some German Americans were treated harshly during the war. Americans regarded Germany â with its arrogant Kaiser, ruthless generals, and spike-helmeted solders â as the primary foe among Central Powers. Popular movies, such as The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin, as well as some CPI posters and speeches intensified the feeling of portraying Germany as a cruel enemy. Anything with a German meaning, like food, was renamed or discontinued. Some German Americans were harassed, others were beaten, and a few were killed for no other reason than they were born in Germany or spoke with a German accent.