[Rhineland and Belgium, July 1914] A few days lay behind the deadly shots of Sarajevo. Countess Sophie and Count Andras Csabany were deeply affected and very worried.
Diplomacy fails, within a week, Europe is at war. Matthias is drawn.
German troops invade Belgium. At home, people organize aid programs.
[Rhineland, 1914/15] Nobody was prepared for a long war. Jakob still heard the victorious shouts “at Christmas we will be back here”. But since the turn of the Marne in early September 1914, one had […]
[Rhineland and France, 1916] Bad news came from everywhere. The war propaganda confidently predicted victory, but Lottie had stopped believing that a long time ago.
The Habsburg monarchy is decaying. Shortly after the emperor Count Csabany dies.
The British Naval blockade cuts Germany off supplies. Jacob is desperate.
[USA, 1917/18] Horrified, Lorenz Bergmann’s granddaughter Chiara looked at the Liberty Bonds she was about to buy. It showed a creature with a Pickelhaube, thus obviously a German.
[Germany, summer 1917] The war was already in the third year, and there was no prospect of peace. In vain Pope Benedict XV had repeatedly urged peace negotiations.
The Great War had been raging for three years now. Trenches, machine guns, air reconnaissance, barbed wire and modern artillery had helped bring the battle lines of World War I to a stalemate.
A devastating pandemic hits enemies and friends alike. Emil and Lena Bergmann.
The Hohenzollern monarchy is overthrown. What will become of Germany?
[Austria-Hungary, November 1918] Already in the last days of the war, the Czechs, Galicians, Poles, Slovenes and Croats had broken away from Austria-Hungary. In Transylvania, Romania had taken power.
Many Rhinelanders fear that France will annex the Rhineland.