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4 young girls posing for photo

This photo is a formal photo of four young girls. They are, left to right clockwise: Anna Gossen, aged 6, Lena Kliewer, aged 3, Wanda Kliewer, aged 5 and Elfrieda Gossen (later Dyck) aged 4. Elfrieda’s mother had made the dresses, which Anna and Elfrieda are wearing as well as the shoes. Elfrieda (Gossen) Dyck remembers her mother making these shoes.

7 women posing for a photo with the goat they used for milk.

This photo is of a group of women taken in Halbstadt in October 1942 includes Elfrieda (Gossen) Dyck’s grandmother, Anna (Wiens) Rempel who is sitting in the middle. The family milked this goat because they couldn’t afford a cow. The photo was given to Anna by a person named H. Schirmacher. The other women on the photo are not identified. Perhaps they were kindergarten teachers with Anna. (See photo #12)

8 youth posing for a photo in Ladekopp

This photo is of seven of Elfrieda (Gossen) Dyck’s school mates from her grade 8 class at the school in Halbstadt who came to visit her in Ladekopp in the summer of 1943. Their names are, left to right standing: Astra Sparwirt, Irene Euteneier, Victor Bergen and Lilie Schatschneider. Left to right sitting are: Elfrieda Gossen, Frieda Schwitay, Mariechen Regehr, Lydia Geyer. Victor was the only boy in their class of 13 students. His mother was Ukrainian and his father a Mennonite.

A sewing class in the home of Irma Martens

A sewing class in the home of the instructor. Alida’s mother, Anna Unruh is seated at her sewing machine on the left. The other young women in the class are: (clockwise, left to right) Alice Hiller, Froescher, Herta Dause, Lena Suderman, the instructor, Irma Martens, Kasianj. The name of the young woman seated in the front is not known.

A women's spa called Eupatoria in Maynaki

A women's spa called Eupatoria in Maynaki (name of the local place). Women came here for mud baths to improve their health. This postcard was sent to "Gatchen" (Agatha Barkowsky, mother of Rita (Krahn) Reimer, in 1921 for her tenth birthday. The writer encourages "Gatchen" not to give up but continue to be a support to her parents in these difficult times.

Abraham Unruh seated with his guitar

The 18 year old Abraham Unruh, Alida’s maternal uncle, is seated with his guitar. Abraham was the brother of Anna Unruh, Alida’s mother. The photo was taken Aug. 22, 1943 and sent to Anna Unruh who was living in Leipzig, Germany at that time. Abraham changed his name to Adolf under the German occupation of the Ukraine.

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