The Alexander family, 1917
Alfred and Henny with Bella, Hanns, Paul and Elsie in 1917
Alexander Family Archive
Alfred and Henny with Bella, Hanns, Paul and Elsie in 1917. Shortly after their births, Alfred sent for his family – his wife, Henny, his two young daughters, Bella and Elsie, and his new twin sons – to join him at the front, where he was working in a field hospital. It was a dangerous decision, with the hospital so close to the battlefield, but Alfred insisted. The family was reunited for eighteen months, enough time for both girls to attend a local school. At the end of October 1918, with the war’s end fast approaching, Alsace partisans threatened to storm the hospital. The doctor had only a few hours to transport all of his patients and his family to the railway station. It was exhausting work, but Alfred and his hospital staff proved up to the task, and not a single patient was left behind. They were aboard the last train heading back to Berlin.
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