St.-Peter-Ording, 1943

SUMMER 1943 – Two couples walk along the beach promenade in St.-Peter-Ording in Germany in a very good mood. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

My grandparents spent six weeks in the summer of 1943 in Sankt-Peter-Ording, a quiet little village at the North Sea coast of Germany. This enabled them to get away from the increasingly difficult situation in Kiel. The city had been experiencing frequent air raids and they simply wanted to get the kids out of the city.

Life in Sankt-Peter was completely different, despite being just 120 kilometers away from Kiel. This photo shows Edith and Otto on the left. Their time-out from the terrible war was welcome, and they could forget about their worries for a while and even smile for the photographer. And it’s beautiful smiles that I see. At the age of 37, Edith was looking really good, stylish, and relaxed. And likewise, Otto was not looking like 48 at all. At this point in time they had already been married for twenty years!

And that’s why I post this image today. Exactly 99 years ago, on the 1st June 1923, they got married in Schönwalde am Bungsberg in Germany.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1943
LocationSt.-Peter-Ording, Germany
Image Source6 x 6 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2469 x 2469 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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