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Edith Baumhardt - Rochester

Edith (Motzkus) Baumhardt was born in the Ruhr Valley of Germany in 1924 and came of age in Hitler's Germany while living in Cologne. Her father was a police officer and an administrator. Edith was forced to join the Hitler Youth, and survived the Allied bombing of Cologne. At the end of the war the family fled to the Allied lines. She immigrated to the United State in 1958, settling in Rochester, where she spent the rest of her life. She married Walter Baumhardt in 1967 and instantly became the step-mother of five young children. She held many positions, including translating and teaching German, but also French, Polish and English.

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Edith’s parents, Karl and Gustl Motzkus, early in their marriage. Edith’s father worked as a police officer in Cologne, Germany.

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Cologne, Germany

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Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Edith Baumhardt’s mother, Gustl Motzkus, date unknown.

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Cologne, Germany

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Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Edith with her identical twin sister Gisela, circa 1926 while they lived in Cologne, Germany. Edith’s sister died in a truck accident when they were four years old.

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Cologne, Germany

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Circa 1926

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Narrator’s photo

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Edith in the early 1930s. The family lived in Cologne at the time.

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Cologne, Germany

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Early 1930's

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Narrator’s photo

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Edith when she was a young teenager. The family lived in Cologne at the time.

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Cologne, Germany

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Circa1938

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Narrator’s photo

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Karl Motzkus, Edith father, in his police uniform in pre-World War II Germany.

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Cologne, Germany

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Before 1939

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Narrator’s photo

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Edith Gustl in the happier days in pre-war Germany.

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Cologne, Germany

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Before1939

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Narrator’s photo

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The Motzkus family during World War II.

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Cologne, Germany

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Circa 1939-1945

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Narrator’s photo

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The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in Cologne, Germany circa 1945, after it suffered major damage from the Allied bombing campaign.

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Cologne, Germany

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Circa 1945

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Narrator’s photo



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