Kathi and Max

Main characters and family businesses

New Homeland Pennsylvania America Anton Tombach, master-builder in the service of the Elector-Archbishop of Cologne Andrew, also called Andy, his foster son Cathy, his wife, an Irish emigrant Sean, Cathy’s brother, Bradock, their fatherly friend […]

World War One, poppy

WW1 Centennial

A hundred years ago, the Great War raged in Europe. The sequel to my emigrants’ story At home on the Rhine and in America, set in the Rhineland between 1914 and 1922, depicts the hardships […]


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 […]

Castle Garden, New York

Emigration to North America

History books tell us a lot of emperors and kings, princes and archbishops, but little about people like you and me. Little is known about those people who in the early modern age left their […]


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 […]