Family Hike, Germany, 1944

SUMMER 1944 – A family enjoys a rest during a hike from Malente-Gremsmühlen to Eutin in Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In the summer of 1944 the war was still a deadly danger and affecting everyone, including my family. Yet, my grandparents tried to protect their two young kids (Editha, 3 years old, and Inga, 2 years old) from the challenges of the time.

This photo shows them as they enjoy a snack during a hike from Malente-Gremsmühlen, where they had built their makeshift home, and Eutin. A simple joy, but sometimes the simple things are the best.

As my grandfather was the photo guy in the family, I think he put the camera on a solid underground and used a self-exposure timer tool to capture this photo. There are several shots in this series but this one is the best.

I like this photo because it shows a normal life far away from the war. It could have been shot decades later, even today, in a very similar way (apart from the hairstyles and clothes, of course.)

From left to right we see the Schweim family: Frl. Irmgard, the nanny of the two kids who basically belonged to the family for many years, Editha (in the back) and Inga (in the front), my grandfather Otto, and my grandmother Edith (born Gehring).

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1944
LocationMalente-Gremsmühlen, 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 Dimensions2583 x 2639 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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