Every picture tells a story No. 21
Ernst Leopold Kosmowsky from East Prussia (son of Auguste the missing granny, brother of Friedrich with the fiddle) moved to the rapidly growing industrial city of Hamborn in October 1922 to find work there. He worked in mining at first, but from August 1938 he was employed as a Brenner (burner?) at the steelcast factory Friedrich-Wilhelms-Hütte at nearby Mülheim.
The photo shows him (top row, marked with a cross) with his colleagues around 1941. It strikes me that he and some of the others are looking quite cheerful - suppose at that point being an essential worker in the steel industry was preferable to being cannon fodder at the front.
Ernst Leopold and Auguste from the East Prussian patchwork family moved to Hamborn in the same month and got married the following year, so we assume that this was a coordinated project, but we don't have any explicit information on that. Their shared migration background was wiped from the collective memory fairly swiftly.
This photo is also on flickr.
Every picture tells a story series so far:
- string quartet Wuppertal Elberfeld 1927
- greetings from Adamsweiler
- Gastwirthschaft Ferd. Weirich
- quartet times three
- Neumühl 1923
- Tangermünde railway station 1889
- a singing lesson
- bei Wilhelm Geppert
- a bakery at Lorsch 1900
- Consumgeschäft von Julius Düsselmann
- Hanna and Ruth
- a young chemist
- school's out at Reichenstein, 1886
- a patchwork family in East Prussia
- the case of the missing grandmother
- checkpoint Glaner Brücke 1929(ish)
- finding Mimi
- five sisters, five decades
- happy at home
- gone milking
- steel workers
Alternatively, you can use this twitter thread as an illustrated table of contents.
In a somewhat roundabout way, this series relates to my research for the family history music memoir I have now completed in a first version.