Cold Winter 1944/45

JANUARY 1945 – On a sunny winter morning, three kids stand in front of a bungalow in Malente-Gremsmühlen, Germany, admiring huge icicles hanging from the roof. Scan © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

My grandparents had built this house to get away from the ongoing war that had hit Kiel – their hometown – in Northern Germany with venegance in 1943. In Malente-Gremsmühlen, about 40 kilometers outside of Kiel, they found a peaceful place to raise their kids. In the autumn of 1943 they had moved in and experienced a cold winter in their new home.

This image from the family archive was shot in January 1945 by my grandfather, Otto Schweim. On a sunny morning, he had used the opportunity to take photos of the kids while discovering the icy landscape. My grandmother Edith lurks through the window to see what the kids are doing.

The original print is just 5.7 x 5.7 cm, so this is probably the best quality one might get from it. I restored the image to match the likely look of the photo my grandfather had in mind when he shot the image. I think this is a great image.

And by the way, here is the original print as it looks today:

The original print 5-142 as it looks today, without any editing applied except color correction to match the color control bar. © Mark Zanzig/

The high resolution image

Capture DateJanuary 1945
LocationMalente-Gremsmühlen, Germany
Image Source5.7 x 5.7 cm black & white print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, Adobe RGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2367 x 2367 Pixels
CopyrightScan © by Mark Zanzig/

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