St. Peter Ording, 1943 (I)

1943 – Edith Schweim with her daughters Editha (left) and Inga at the beach of St. Peter Ording in Northern Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In 1943, the second world war was getting more intense in Kiel, hometown of the family. So my grandparents took their kids for a six week summer vacation to St. Peter Ording at the coast of the North Sea. They stayed from 15th July to 26th August, so they arrived in the sleepy summer destination exactly today, 79 years ago.

I like this photo from the family archive because Edith apparently could forget the fears of the war at home. Edith and Inga did not really notice the war, but certainly enjoyed the time at the beach as well. But Edith could relax and reload her batteries to survive the next months of wartime (after all, the trip to St. Peter would end at some point in time.) But on this photo she looks happy, self-conscious, relaxed and even sexy.

In case you are wondering about the circle cut-out. The photo in the archive was missing the corners. Someone (I guess my mother) had the brilliant idea (not!) to crop the image into a circle. I did not want to crop away more parts of the image and decided to just adapt the make-shift circle to a genuine circle. I think this has worked OK (and admittedly it looks pretty good.)

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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