Yasmin Toska Leischer
My parents were raised in Germany. She is holding a paper cone full of treats (toys and snacks) that each child is given on the first day of school. I have pictures of my father (born in 1932) with exactly such a cone.
Theresa Faber Williams
I was born in West Germany , after the war, we were given these too, I have pictures as well. I got in trouble first day of school because I started eating the candy in classLOL. You had to wait till school was out, what a long wait !
I hope she survived without too much trauma! Bittersweet isn't it?
Apr 02, 2014
My mother in the photo, escaped East Germany with her sister. Her mother was caught and so was their guide. Her sister (Berta Elfriede Lehmann) remained in West Germany. My mother immigrated to the US by a farm program and worked to pay her way here in Waterloo,IA. My Grandmother was behind the iron curtain until the fall of the Berlin Wall. My Aunt married a man who was in a Russian Prison camp for many years.A wonderful man who was physically scarred but never lost his sense of humor!
She was teaching a junior high school class about her life in Germany during the war. She looked to the door while speaking and had a look of amazement on her face- she called out , " My Father" in German and fell to the floor. Her father had died during the war.....
You might be able to get help with that if you contact the right people (don't ask me who). I really see a big interest in your search that the general public could relate to. This picture is amazing by the way!! I am pretty lucky in that most of my ancestors came from England or Scotland; making most easy to trace.
Jessica van der Poel
Judy the biggest problem you would encounter for the information of your family in Germany is that the average german doesn't speak english very much 'cause their not obliged too learn this. However there are a view people that does speak english you just have to get lucky to get a english speaking german
Jackie Pennington Spraul
I agree w/so many of you, I look at that beautiful innocent face of a child who is eagerly anticipating the start of a whole new world ahead of her, and realize the world she knows at the time of the picture will not be the world in which she'll actually live.
First day of School with "Zuckertuete" in front of house door (were she lived, most likely Appartment building in a city) I have a pic much like this of myself. But it was my Mom that fled from East Germany, my Grandma I never met 'cause she didn't make it out and died there. I was the one that went to America. But my Kids each did get a "Zuckertuete" from me and my Mom on their 1st schoolday! :) Carry on German tradition ...
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