|Probably taken in 1930.|
My mom (top right) age 11, standing beside her mother, Mathilde, along with her four siblings. I've fictionalized these siblings in my novels, as Albert, on left, Sofie (bottom right) and Marthe (bottom left). Jonathan, on my grandmother's lap, didn't survive the journey to Siberia.
|Probably taken in 1931|
This photo, taken the following year, after the return from Siberia, shows my kulak grandfather with his surviving children. Again, my mom is on the top right.
My grandfather Eduard Ristau, sitting, far right. (Called Franz Halter in my novels).
Standing beside him is my grandmother, Mathilde Ristau (born Kuehn).
Sitting beside my grandfather is my great-grandmother, Pauline Ristau and beside her is my great-grandfather, Michael Ristau. They were born in West Prussia, near modern Gdansk.
Sitting on the far left, is my grandfather's younger brother Gustav.
Both brothers were executed on September 19, 1937 during the Great Terror.
Back Row: Still to be confirmed.
Above, my mom's prisoner of war release document. One side in Cyrillic script and below the other side in German. She was a prisoner of war from Feb (or March?), 1945 until July, 1947.