This blog is the attempt of a fledgling historian (by BA only) to explore, review, digest and spread her love of history. I am Susanne, a native born German who grew up a mere 10 miles on the west side of the Iron Curtain during the last two decades of the Cold War. I decided to create this blog to learn more about myself and the history of the area I came from - trying to cover all aspects of this fascinating era. Ultimately, I would like to expand this blog into other areas of historic interest, mainly the US Gilded Age to the Progressive Era, and Germany 1871 to 1933. I invite you to leave your comments/thoughts/suggestions.