At home at the Rhine and in America

At home at the Rhine and in America, an emigrants' story

Imperial fleet
Imperialists
Colonial empires. The great powers divided the world among them.
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Sarajevo 1914
Sarajevo 1914
Austria-Hungary's heir to
the throne is murdered at Sarajevo.
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Herbesthal 1914
July Crisis
Hectic diplomatic activity
behind the scenes Sophie travels to Belgium.
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Bonn 1914
Countries at War
Diplomacy fails, within a
week, Europe is at war. Matthias is drawn.
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Rhine steamer Aimée 1914
Rhine steamer Aimee
The family's steamer, under German and Alsatian flag, should help the Red Cross.
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Brussels 1914
Belgium 1914
German troops invade Belgium. At home, people organize aid programs.
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Przemysl 1914
Eastern Front 1914
Joscha Csabany runs his
family's estate in Hungary, turned into back area.
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'Stübchen', soup-kitchen
Soup kitchen "Stübchen"
Hunger years. The family
is running a soup-kitchen
and delivers mail.
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USA 1914
USA 1914
The USA officially remains neutral. No news. Chiara's worries.
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East front, winter
War year 1915
Joscha Csabany runs his
family's estate in Hungary, turned into back area.
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Lusitania 1915
War at sea
A German U-boat sinks the British ocean liner, almost 1,200 people perish.
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Western front 1916
Verdun and Somme
At the Western front, a devastating war of attrition rages.
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Austria-Hungary 1916
Austria-Hungary-1916
The Habsburg monarchy is decaying. Shortly after the emperor Count Csabany dies.
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Turnip Winter
Turnip Winter
The British Naval blockade
cuts Germany off supplies. Jacob is desperate.
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War propaganda, halt the hun
Halt the Hun!
The USA enter the Great
War. A hard time for
German-Americans.
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American Expeditionary Forces, 1917
Mobilizing for war
The USA enter the Great
War. A hard time for
German-Americans.
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Wilhelm II, Hindenburg, Ludendorff
No chance for Peace
Erzberger's peace resolution fails. The High Command
wants victory at any cost.
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Aerial combat
War Year 1918
With more and more U.S. troops arriving, the tide
turns in favor of the Allies.
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Grave
Spanish Flu
A devastatic pandemic hits enemies and friends alike.
Emil and Lena Bergmann.
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Königswinter, armistice
Armistice
Finally, armistice is signed
in Compiègne. The Rhine-
land will be occupied.
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German Revolution 1918/19
German revolution
The Hohenzollern monarchy
is overthrown. What will
become of Germany?
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Austria-Hungary 1918
Austria-Hungary
The Habsburg monarchy
breaks apart, independent states come into being.
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Motor Ferry, Rhine
Annexation?
Many Rhinelanders fear that France will annex the Rhineland.
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