Thank you for all the feedback Gents! When I return to speak with them I will ask about her fathers service in WWI. I will also ask her to translate the witting on the back of the 2 photos of her and brothers in the HJ uniforms as I am very interested in knowing what it says. These are just a few photos from her many albums. I look forward to learning more about their history.
06-08-2014 09:45 PM
They translate as...:
"My dear Irmgard and Willy. These are very good photos of you.*
I was delighted by the pictures of all three of you.
Heartfelt greetings from Russia by your father.
Orel, 7th April 42".
"What a long journey your pictures have made; all the way to Russia and back to you again.
These are very good photos of all three of you."*
*) A loose translation. In the original German text, he tells his kids that they are "gut getroffen"; a figure of speech which means that someone's likeness and features have come out particularly well and lifelike in a picture.
Just for the sake of completeness, the caption of the full familiy photograph says:
"Father 46 years of age
Mother 40 years of age
Irmgard 13 yeas of age
Willi 12 years of age
Hansi 7 years of age
It always adds to the treasure of a acquired item when there is truly a story that goes with it.In you case it is fantastic.Fabulous find!