Home Sweet Home After being away from his family in Schmirma, Germany for 11 years, Willy Geheb returned to Germany in 1934. He brought along his wife, Irma, and their baby son, Willy.
Willy always missed his family in Germany. He wrote to his siblings offering to pay to bring them to America and help them build their new life. Willy was the only family member to leave Germany and immigrate to America.
Finding His Way Through Chicago Chicago was thriving in the 1920s, but with prohibition still the law of the land criminal activity was peaking. Gangland murders were common as the gangsters fought to control the lucrative illegal liquor industry.
Adios, Mexico. Hello, Chicago. Willy tried to find his way in Mexico, but the oil fields shut down, there was a revolution and the country was in turmoil. In the five years since he left home, he had malaria, lost
The Geheb family in Germany was always concerned about their adventurous son and brother. Willy was the only one of the family to move farther than twenty-five miles from the family home.
Just one mere month after writing to his family about his new job working as a blacksmith, Willy gets the disappointing news he has been laid off. Feeling discouraged by the news, he doesn’t know what to do next.
A Brazilian Adventure Awaits In 1923, Willy packed up his tools and bought a one-way ticket to Brazil. Germans had been immigrating to Brazil for almost one hundred years, and he saw no future in Germany for the life he
A World War Comes to an End The war ended on November 11, 1918 with the Armistice between the Allies and Germany. Germany was overwhelmed militarily and its people were starving, yet they did not surrender.
In June 1918 the war was still raging in Europe, and Willy got his chance to participate. As was the custom, he started a journal recording what his observations and experiences
When Willy was 14 and finished with school he started his three year apprenticeship with his father. It was 1914 and war had just broken out in Europe.