• 1910

    I am an 18 year-old man who lives in Paris, France. In the morning of August 23rd, I read an article saying about a big blow up at the United States known as the “Big Burn” that devastated forest fire that torched 3 million acres in western Montana and northern Idaho. This was due to lightning storms that ignited the region. After reading the article I realized that it’s not just Paris that’s in chaos. It has been eight months since the flood. The flood was a constant rain that caused the Seine
  • 1914

    August 3rd, 1914, Germany declared war on Russia's ally France. When I first heard about this, I couldn’t believe it and face the truth because of how terrified I was. I was 22 years old and I already had a wife a she was pregnant. I didn’t know what to do, if I should run away or stay in Paris and find a safe place to stay. We stayed in our house and we were lucky nothing happened. Later that year my son was born.
  • 1915

    September 28th, when the Battle of Loos ended causing the British to retreat. The battle was part of Marshal Joffre's campaign in Artois. It was designed to push back the Germans in two parts of the offense. My son was about to turn one year old. The population of France decreased by a lot and I still didn’t know if I should leave the country. My wife wanted to leave the country before something major happens. I told her that we should wait a little more and see if it ends soon.
  • 1916

    April, the midpoint of the Great War. The population of France had decreased by a lot. That’s when I decided to move. I got in the first boat I could find with my family. This about was going to the United States. After arriving in New York, we quickly bought a house and we assumed we were safe my now.
  • 1918

    The war finally ended. In the Forest of Argonne in France, U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York killed 25 German soldiers and captures 132. That’s when realized that even with the war over, France is still not a safe place. I’m 26 years old now and feel with joy. My family and I are very happy. Paris is a safe place now, but it would be too much work to move back. We really like our lives here in America and our four year old son will soon be attending school.
  • 1920

    I am 28 years old now. I work as a professor in Howard University. My life was good. I lived in a safe place, educated students, and had a family. During that year, the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded in Howard. Later that year, I received a letter from France saying that they want me to be a professor in a university called École Normale Supérieure. Since it wasn’t making a lot of money at Howard, I decided to move back to France by myself and leave my family here and keep sending money to t
  • 1930

    I’m 38 years old now and it has been ten years since I moved back to France alone. I haven’t seen my family in America since then and now my son is now 16 years old and last time I saw him was when he was four. I wonder if he remembers me and how I looked like. Later that year, the London Naval Treaty is agreed between United Kingdom, Japan, France, Italy and the United States.
  • 1938

    I made enough money now go back to America and see my family. I’m 46 years old and my son is 24. I’ll be going back next year to America to live with my family. Germany was growing strong that year and I was afraid. That’s why I wanted to move out quickly and move back to my wife.
  • 1939

    War, war never changes. World War II started and all my hopes were gone. Since I couldn’t go back to see my family anymore, I had to find a way to survive. Germany started to invade Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. In response to Hitler's invasion of these countries, both allies of the overrun nation declared war on Germany.
  • 1941

    I’m 49 years old and I haven’t seen my family for 21 years. When France’s powers fell, the Nazi government obligatory crippling terms of surrender, demanding two-thirds of France's land and eighty percent of the country's natural resources. Paris was occupied by Germany and I couldn’t even leave the city.
  • 1942

    In June 1942, more than 12,000 Jewish adults and children were taken from their homes in Paris and sent to Nazi death camps. It was the largest mass arrest in the period of the war in France. 116 people were executed in revenge for attacking the German soldiers. While I was in the marina trying to find a boat to the United States, I saw one I got on it. It was going to New York City. It would take a really long time to get there and hoping my family was okay.
  • 1945

    The year that the war ended. I’m 53 years old now and my son is 31. When I got to US my family war completely safe and there was nothing to worry about. World War II, the most devastating war in history, is over. Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide in a Berlin bunker as Soviet troops advance through the city. Nazi Propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was supposed to replace Hitler and become the new German Chancellor, but he also kills himself after having his wife and six children killed i