Hannelore Petroschka and Grete geb. Roschkowski were among the tens of thousands of Germans forcibly removed from their home by the
In March of 2013, I was contacted by Hannelore’s grand-daughter who wrote:
My Grandmother Hannelore was born in Elbing [West Prussia] in 1923 to Julius Petroschka and Grete Roschkowski (whose family owned a furniture factory in Elbing).
After my grandmother died a lot of her belongings were lost but we have recently discovered a box of photographs which included a lot of post cards from Elbing and the surrounding areas. It seems my great grandmother purchased them before they [the family] fled Elbing; knowing that [they] would never be able to go back.
I’ve uploaded them [her photos] to my[…] if you might find them useful please feel free to use them.
What follows is a reformatted version of Hannelore and Grete’s photographic collection; this collection/ these images represent memories of their alte Heimatland (old homeland). Please be aware that I have enhanced these images, to the best of my ability, from the originals sourced on Flickr. Hopefully, this image library represents an accurate & true version of the original postcards and photos.