Searching For Traces Of 1914 Contact We Must Stick Together

We Must Stick Together

Family and childhood during World War I

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Families at that time were usually multigenerational. In villages they usually lived in the same house. In the cities they lived in one area, but in different houses.

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Bourgeois Family

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Before the war, the richer families willingly spent time at picnics and trips to the mountains.

A family from Opolszczyzna, 1913.

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A family meal in the open air

A family from Opolszczyzna, 1913.

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World War I changed everything in the lives of Silesian families. It was time to say goodbye, uncertainty and longing

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Women with children were alone…

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Fathers fought on the front many miles away from home…

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Some children lost their parents and went to the orphanages. The others spent their time in the nurseries (which were called the "care centers„ then), because their mothers had to go to work to support the family.

A group of children with their guardians in the nursery garden.

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Despite the ongoing war, people tried to keep the old traditions. In important moments in life, eg. Holy Communion, people willingly took photographs of themselves.

First birthday of a child was a very important ceremony for the family.

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In Catholic families another important event in the life of a child was The First Holy Communion. In Protestant families, they celebrated confirmation.

Photos from I Holy Communion.

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Christmas was a good opportunity for giving children toys as a gift. At the beginning of the war those habits did not change. At the end of the war, the best gift was the food which was missing.

The First Christmas during the war, 1914.

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During celebrated holidays family had the opportunity to meet and celebrate together. In those years it was really important to people because you never knew what the next day would bring.

During the war people made also a new family. Newlyweds often vowed their love, when the groom was on a leave.

Portrait of a married couple,1914

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Myrtle wreaths

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After the wedding wreath of myrtle was framed with information about the names of the newlyweds and the wedding date. It was often the first and the most important decoration of newlyweds’ house.

During World War I, a very important role played the family relationships. In difficult times, love helped survive the greatest pain and fear. As you can see in the photos in our presentation, the family was in close relations and very important to them were souvenirs, or their photos of themselves.