[Rhineland, 1918] Millions of soldiers had fallen, hundreds of thousands of people had starved to death, and the young republic was struggling against crushing burdens. There was much hunger, housing shortages and pauperization.
[Germany, 1918/19] In the following weeks Kathi and Max often met. They were fond of each other, and at Christmas, the Bergmanns invited him to their home. Much was happening in these days, and they […]
[Germany, 1919] On February 6, 1919, the National Assembly met at the National Theater in Weimar, because fighting continued in Berlin. this venue has given the first German Republic its name.
[Rhineland, autumn 1919] Chiara in America was relieved that the war was finally over. But still her husband John and his comrades were in Europe.
[Rhineland, autumn 1919] By the end of September, fraternization was finally allowed, and both Germans and American soldiers seemed pleased.
[Germany, March 1920] The first years of the young republic were civil war like. The deep division of the country, the hatred and the readiness for violence also depressed Kathi and Max.
A shaky German republic, disagreements among the Allies.
The AFG sell what they don’t need. Army cloth makes great coats.
[Germany, August 1921] At the end of August, a black fabric rosette hung in the window of the “Stübchen”, next to it a black-red-golden one. A few days ago, on August 26, 1921, Matthias Erzberger had […]
Chiara and John go back to the US. Farewell family reunion.
Major General Allen, Ambassador Houghton. Final chapter.