Family Breakfast, Malente, 1943

AUGUST 1943 – The Schweim family enjoys a breakfast in Malente-Gremsmühlen, Germany. From left to right: Editha, Otto, Inga, and Edith. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

I’m still in the process of reviewing photographs from the family archive. Here’s another image that caught my eye. It shows the tiny branch of the Schweim family headed by my grandfather Otto during a breakfast in Malente-Gremsmühlen in Germany in August 1943.

They had moved to a holiday appartment for kids and their parents as Otto and Edith wanted to get the kids out of the dangerous war zone in Kiel in Germany. Their house in Kiel was near to the military harbour, and over the past months several aerial bombs had hit the ground within 200 meters of the house. No surprise that Otto and Edith were scared.

My grandfather looks pretty grim on this image, but this could also be related to the fact that he was the photo guy and had experimented with selfies before. Yet, it was always a bit difficult as the cameras and timers were all mechanical, and shots could easily fail.

From left to right: Editha (*1941), Otto, Inga (*1942), and Edith.

The high resolution image

Capture DateAugust 1943
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 Dimensions2458 x 2458 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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