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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Beach People: 1920's

Beach People: 1920's

No bikinis for these three relatives of my maternal grandmother, though they all have bare feet to stand in the waves of the Baltic Sea on this breezy day. Year is sometime in the 1920's. Location is obviously a beach, probably in Lithuania. Image was scanned from a print that had nothing written on its back side.

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Family lore has it that my grandma Marie was the chosen daughter: the only one sent to the USA out of three sisters. She was sent to avoid the coming Russian revolution upheavals. So it is likely that these people were still in Lithuania during the 1930's.
The people in the picture may be her two sisters and mother, but that is just a guess.
My childhood attempts to ask Marie about her family were shut down with the line "Russia is a funny country," and once, when I found a shoebox of letters from her family, to her, and asked her to read one to me (because I did not know the language they were in to read them myself) she burst into tears and had me put the box away.
So I assume these people were exterminated in the Holocaust. But I do not have any actual information, or even names for these three, to know for sure.

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Looks a bit like Gertrude Stein in the middle. But dare I ask, aenthal, if they made it out in time, or were they swept away in the madness of two decades later?

 
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