The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#93) - Weihnachten (Christmas) 1928 - Hans Joachim Röda

Every Friday The Psychogenealogist shares a "Pic of the Week." The intent is to encourage thought and imagination about the spaces where psychology, genealogy, and history converge.

Here is an adorable photograph of what appears to be an infant boy. He is dressed in a hand knit sweater and appears to be sitting in a dining area with some photos propped on a shelf or cabinet behind him. I purchased the photograph from a local antique store for one dollar.


On the back of this postcard photo is some text that appeared to be German, as it matched other known German photos that I had gotten from the some booth.


I posted the back for this photo to the Genealogy Translations Facebook page. I received a very quick reply telling me what the original German was along with an English translation.

The note says:

Weihnachten 1928 (Christmas 1928)

Hans Joachim Röda

I’ve not done any research on this photo. If I did, here are some of the questions I would consider:

  • Who was Hans Joachim Röda?

  • Where was this photo taken? Who took it? And how did it end up in an antique store outside of Detroit?

  • What is Hans’s story?

  • What was Christmas like in 1928 Germany?

  • Are any of Hans’s relatives alive today? If so, how could I find them?