Please Help To Settle An Argument – UPDATE


In my previous post about this photo, I attached an image of the back. I suggested that there may be more clues as to the identity of the sitter, if only I could read German. I was convinced that the photo is of a man. My friends thought it was a woman. Now thanks to a reader, Wolff Postler, we have a translation of the inscription. Wolff writes –

As far as I could decipher it, the notice reads:
Meiner Logismutter
Möll(?) zum Andenken
an den fremden
Ludwig Rot…(?)

This translates as “To my lodging mother Möll as a memory of the strange (weird) brother of liberty Ludwig Rot…”
The places marked by (?) are not readable.
Hope that helps – at least it confirms your speculation about a boheminan of some sort.

The translation confirms this to be a man who is seen and sees himself as strange. What “brother of liberty” meant in Pre-WW2 Germany, I cannot say. Hearty thanks to Wolff for making this interesting photo even more fascinating!


  1. Well, you were right, Kate. Is that Mike’s friend in Germany who did the translation?

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    • Not sure. The gentleman in question left the translation in a comment. It is a brilliant note to have uncovered!


      • I see that now. Mike’s German friend is a woman. She has some beautiful photos of horses on her blog.


  2. Hi! I’m not much on WordPress lately, but just checked in and was so glad to find this. A wonderful, arresting photobooth portrait indeed. All the best!

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    • Hi Alessandro! Hope you are well. Yes, the blogging can become very time and energy intense. One needs a break occasionally! Nice to hear from you. Katherine



    The Freiheitsbruders appear to be a German equivalent of the masons. Check the two links above for details. The second link contains many images of men wearing hats similar to the one in your photo.

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    • ehpem said:

      Very cool link. There are photos with the same kind of shirt too. I think Katherine has her answer!


    • Hi Paul.

      Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you. Mr E’s comment was spot on. It is a very cool and for me, exciting link. He is definitely a Freiheitsbruder. His hat, shirt and in the older photos, sometimes his hair matches. I will have to do another post to update this.

      I really appreciate your input, as every detail I can have about a photo makes it more and more precious and interesting.

      Thank you!


  4. martin Reimers said:

    Der Freiheitsbruder heißt Ludwig Rokus, geboren in Langendreer/Bochum. Laut Fremdenzettel war er 1932
    Buchgeselle in Chemnitz. Auf ein Bild 1937 aus Genf/Schweiz ist er zu sehen. Mehr weiß ich auch nicht.
    Mit Gruß Martin Reimers (Einheimischer Freiheitsbruder)

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