St. Peter Ording, 1943

1943 – Edith Schweim walks the beach of St. Peter Ording in Northern Germany. Scan © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

This is my grandmother, photographed by my grandfather, Otto Schweim. During the summer of 1943 – as the war activities in her hometown Kiel were heating up and the city was not safe any longer – my grandparents decided to spend six weeks at the beach in St. Peter Ording, a sleepy town at the North Sea in Germany.

Apparently, this was a rather windy and cold day as grandma is wearing a trenchcoat and keeps her hands in the pockets.

The building in the back is one of the houses that have been built right onto the beach on stilts. This tradition has continued, and there are still buildings on the beach (here are images from 2003 and 2007.)

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1943
LocationSt. Peter, Germany
Image Source6.5 x 6.5 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 Dimensions2573 x 2573 Pixels
CopyrightScan © by Mark Zanzig/

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