1944 – Exhausted from the ongoing Second World War, Edith Schweim (right) watches her daughter Editha (center) playing in Malente-Gremsmühlen, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com
The story behind the image
56 years ago, on the 5th November 1966, my grandmother Edith died in Kiel, Germany, at the age of 61. On most of the archived photographs she had been in a good mood, usually smiling. Not so on this image from 1944. It shows her exhausted from the Second World War which had been going on for half a decade by then. She had born her two daughters during that time – my aunt Editha in 1941, and my mother Inga in 1942.
The kids had moved to Malente, just 40 km outside of Kiel which was very far away from the nerve wrecking bombings that were rocking Kiel more often now. But she had still her successful business and was doing well, at least when compared to others who could not as easily relocate from Kiel and protect the family.
But she was tired. And it shows in this image which I am posting to keep the memories alive.
The high resolution image
|Capture Date||May 1944|
|Image Source||6 x 6 cm Print|
|Digital Image Source||EPSON Perfection 4870 Photo|
|Digital Image Source Format||TIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||2579 x 2591 Pixels|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|