Thursday, January 05, 2023

the third Hedwig

Every picture tells a story, season 2, picture 18.

When I wrote about the war-time household where three grown-up women all went by the name of Hedwig Gellrich, I shared a photo with three women, which turned out to contain only two of the three Hedwigs (the young lady with the long dark hair is still unidentified, I will have to dedicate a separate entry to her at some point, as she pops up in lots of photos).

So here is the third Hedwig, who wasn't in the photos, together with her firstborn child, Waltraud:

Waltraud got stuck with the ball habit, so here she is a few years later with another ball.

I'm guessing Waltraud's dad (of whom we only have a very small and blurred photo) must have died during the war, because Hedwig soon married Eugen Brod and had more children with him:

Should anybody have any answers to some of the many questions I am raising in this series, please leave a comment here (I'll need to vet it, so it may take a few days before it goes public) or contact me at michaelgrr [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

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Season 2 so far:

  1. could be a cousin
  2. two weddings in Silesia
  3. off to Canada
  4. off to Australia
  5. a very romantic poet
  6. fireman August
  7. 50 hundredweight of coffee
  8. mysterious Minden people
  9. horses for Hedwig
  10. guessing the great-grandmothers
  11. cousin Charlotte
  12. three sisters
  13. travelling saleswoman
  14. family portrait
  15. dancing chemist
  16. games time
  17. desperately searching Wilhelm
  18. the third Hedwig

I started a twitter thread for season 2 here. However, as the bird site seems to be turning into an evil empire, I have now switched to logging the entries in a similar thread on Mastodon.

The twitter thread for season 1 is still here. It only loads 30 tweets at first, so you have to click "show more" a couple of times to get all 40 entries. Alternatively, visit the last instalment and find the numbered list of entries at the bottom.

I'm also adding all photos from this series to my family history album on flickr.

See also my Lost Cities series (which may get an extension at some point).

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