Karl and Wilhelmine both grew up in Londorf (a small village near Giessen), in different streets but only a few houses away from each other.
Karl worked on the fields and Wilhelmine was the daughter of a farmer.
Afterwards Karl worked as a core maker (Kernmacher). He worked for a company that made radiators for heatings and he cast iron molds.
They also had a bit of farm land and leased more from other farmers. There they had some hens, and at times also 2 sheep, geese and cows. They also had many fruit trees, mostly apples, pears and plums. They loved farming but their farm land wasn't big enough to live only from the land. However Karl liked his core maker job as well.
They lived in the house of Karl's parents and raised their 4 children there. Their eldest daughter was called Elisabeth and their son was called Karl like his father. In 1924 Wilhelmine gave birth to twins, Margarethe and Marie.
World War II broke out and their son Karl was sent to fight. Karl, the father, criticized Hitler, which brought him in front of a jury but fortunately a friend saved him. They had a radio and together with their neighbours listened to the news broadcast by the allied forces.
Their daughter Elisabeth had moved back in when her husband was sent to fight. And when Karl's brother Konrad who lived in Giessen got bombed out, he came to live with them for a while as well. Fortunately their own house survived but their son Karl went missing near Stalingrad in Russia on December 31, 1942 and never returned home. Wilhelmine was heart-broken and asked every soldier who came back from the war if he had any news about her son.
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