Lena Kadel

Lena Kadel & daughter Rose Marie-1914

Lena Kadel was only 22 when her 18-month-old daughter, Rose Marie stood on her mother’s lap.  The year was 1914.  They lived in Germany where the Kaiser was in power.  This is one of a treasure trove of photographs my wife, Gisela, inherited from her mother, Rose Marie.  Lena was Gisela’s grandmother.  Lena wanted to become a doctor, but her father discouraged her. The wealthy leather factory owner told Lena that “nice girls” don’t become doctors.  It would be two generations later before her ambition to become a doctor was fulfilled by 3 of her grandchildren.   One of those physicians is a woman.


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