Spring Walk, Malente, 1944

MAY 1944 – Edith Schweim walks with her daughters Inga (left) and Editha along an untarred street in Malente-Gremsmühlen, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

I’m still in the process of reviewing and restoring photographs from the family archive. This one caught my eye. It shows my grandmother with my mother (on the left) and my aunt. They are walking down a street in (or near) Malente-Gremsmühlen in May 1944, during Pentecost. The girls have put on their fine dresses, yet the mood seems to be just so-so (from the looks of their faces.) Maybe my grandfather had been asking one shot too many? Or had they received bad news from Kiel?

It’s an untarred street which seems to be the standard of the time in that area, giving the place a rural look, rather untouched and not a permanent as a paved street. Life in Malente had been quiet, peaceful, and pleasant. It was a good place to be, close to the grandparents who lived in Lenshn at the time – and relatively far away from the ongoing war.


The high resolution image

Capture DateMay 1944
LocationMalente-Gremsmühlen, Germany
Image Source6 x 6 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 Dimensions2585 x 2565 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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