1900-1928 | 28 Years of Upper Middle Class German Life
L-R, my mother, Lily Rehfish, her older brother, Paul, and her older sister, Elsbeth. Taken circa 1905.
My father, Kurt Weinlaub, born in Hannover, Germany Dec. 28, 1903. This taken circa 1906.
On the left is Willie Weinlaub, Kurt's older brother. Kurt is on the right. Willie, the eldest, was being groomed to take over their father's manufacturing business.
My father, Kurt circa 1913.
Lily circa 1913. She was born in Essen, Germany Nov. 27, 1905. Her family moved to Hannover, when she was four.
Paul and Lily on the left, with relatives, dated 1916.
Portrait of Lily and Paul, dated 1918.
Paul & Lily visiting their uncle Albert Rehfisch, aunt Hedwig and son, Gerhard in Wittstock, Germany, 1916. Note: Albert perished on a ship to Shanghai in 1938. Gerhard died in Shanghai 2 years later.
A 1920 Postcard : Rehfischs and Berthe's relatives. Row 2 L-R, Louis R., Elsbeth and Lily. Berthe is front row left next to Tante Regina.
Summer fun 1921. Lily folk dancing with a friend.
Summer outing in Badesthal, 1921. Lily is on the left.
Late fall 1921: The girls are in their winter coats. Lily is 2nd from the top. Sister Elsie is on the bottom.
November, 1922. A semi formal party. Kurt is in back, 2nd from right. Lily is below him, 3rd from the right. Elsie is 2nd row left.
A costume party in 1922. Love the gal in the hat wearing a gunny sack. Berggruen, Germany.
Summer 1923: The north sea resort of Arendsee. Lily and friend are holding up the little boy.
1923: Lily and her cousin, Bari Baruch standing on the wall with a group of friends, in front of the fishing pier at Arendsee. At the time, Lily was going to school in Berlin while living with the Baruchs. Bari was gay, and always a safe escort.
Lily and Bari in the center of this group shot, all standing in the surf at Arendsee, circa 1923.
Another shot of the vacationers at Arendsee, circa 1923. I love the faces in the crowd. They're timeless.
Uncle Siegfried Baruch, successful Berlin publisher, poses in the driver's seat of his new phaeton, while the chauffeur looks on. In the back are Lina Baruch, Siegfried's then wife, and Lily behind Fifi, the bulldog.
Uncle S. rides in the back for this shot along with Lily and Fifi. I love his leather pilot's helmet.
Now Lily poses behind the wheel of Uncle S's new phaeton. 1924. Note the marvelous bulb horn on the door. Either Berlin or Leipzig,
Siegfried and Frau Lina Baruch nee Lowenstein, in front of their Berlin house, 1924. The marriage didn't last long. Uncle soon divorced Lina and remarried the actress, Kaethe Horsten.
Lina Baruch displaying what fashionable women wore in Berlin, 1924.
Uncle Siegfried and Lily, Berlin 1924. Fifi the bulldog's attention is focused elsewhere.
The Weinlaub family's Hartz Mountain retreat circa 1924. Lily and her brother, Paul are on the left. Kurt is in the rear behind three unknown girls, while Elsbeth is seated on the right.