Otto in Malente, 1944

1944 – Otto Schweim enjoys a bath in the Dieksee lake in Malente-Gremsmühlen, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Over summer 1944, the family was overseeing the construction work of the ‘makeshift home’ in Malente-Gremsmühlen, a plain 85-90 square meters bungalow featuring three bedrooms and one bath. The builders had begun in January but the project dragged on until late summer, and in September the family finally moved from Kiel to Malente. They stayed in Malente until 1949.

My grandfather Otto (born 1894) was 49 years old when this photo was shot. Apparently he was still quite fit and enjoyed the refreshing water of the Dieksee lake, posing for the photographer.

The high resolution image

Capture Date1944
LocationMalente-Gremsmühlen, Germany
Image Source6 x 8 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2295 x 3443 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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