Tuesday, September 9, 2014
I swear! I'm not obsessed with all things German. I don't know whether it's coincidence, a German tendency to take lots of photographs, or easy access to really well made German cameras, but I keep finding pictures from Germany.
Crailsheim is a town in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg. ( My, that sounds familiar. Navigate back a few posts to The Pforzheim Album Collection for more photos from Baden-Wurttemberg.) The city was pretty much destroyed during World War 2. It was a major rail center as well as the location of a German airfield. After a major bombing campaign, the American army over ran the town, only to be pushed back by a German counteroffensive. After the Nazi surrender, Baden-Wurttemberg and Craisheim ended up in the American zone of occupation. McKee Barracks, opened in 1946,closed in 1994, was built on the outskirts of Crailsheim. But was Elizabeth Newsberry a war bride, or was she a dependent who joined her husband while on occupation duty? There's no date on the photo, but the car looks old enough that I'm thinking it predates the return of civilian government.
Crailsheim was the birthplace of Hans and Sophie Scholl, the brother/sister founders of The White Rose, a non violent anti-Nazi resistance movement. They were arrested in 1943, found guilty of high treason, and executed by guillotine. Hans was born in 1918, Sophie in 1921.
In 1934, Kodak bought Nagel Kamerawerks, a pioneer in 35mm photography. From 1936 to 1966, Nagel built the Kodak Retina camera, one of the well built German cameras mentioned in the first paragraph. I'm referencing the Retina because it was built in Stuttgart, the capitol of Baden-Wurttemberg, and because I own a Kodak Retina model IIIc, manufactured from 1954-1957. I still use it. It works perfectly.