Historical background

Carl Schurz

“Before I left the house I went for a moment to my study. From the window I had a free outlook on the Rhine and the lovely Seven Mountains. How often, gazing upon this charming […]

Historical background

General Henry T. Allen

Major General Allen was in command of the American Forces in Germany from July 1919 until January 1923. Since May 21, 1920 he was also the American representative on the Interallied Rhineland High Commission. For […]

New Homeland Pennsylvania

The Escape

Anton and his foster son Andy escape from the Archbishop’s henchman.

Subjects and Citizens

The Bergmanns leave

Hunger and despair in the Grand-Duchy of Berg. Mass emigrations begins.

Subjects and Citizens

Revolution fails

In Germany, revolution fails, Lorenz Bergmann must flee.

The Land of Limitless Possiblities

A voyage home

Lorenz is pardoned, and can finally travel home to the Rhine. Family reunion.

The Land of Limitless Possiblities

Memories of Germany

A family reunion, a second time Lorenz and his wife Annelie come to Germany.

The Land of Limitless Possiblities

Colonial goods shop

Jacob has opened a colonial goods shop in the “Stübchen”.

The Land of Limitless Possiblities

Snobbery and caste spirit

Snobbishness, caste spirit and militarism – the dark side of Wilhelmine Society.

The Great War

July Crisis

Hectic diplomatic activity behind the scenes Sophie travels to Belgium.

The Great War

Europe at war

Diplomacy fails, within a week, Europe is at war. Matthias is drawn.

The Great War

Belgium 1914

German troops invade Belgium. At home, people organize aid programs.

The Great War

Soup kitchen

Hunger years. The family is running a soup-kitchen and delivers mail.

The Great War

No chance for peace

Erzberger’s peace resolution fails. The High Command wants victory at any cost.

The Great War

Armistice

Finally, armistice is signed in Compiègne. The Rhine-land will be occupied.