Story This Week: Kitchen Chef August Goldschmidt

Our story this week comes from Maria Goldschmidt of Ettlingen-Spessart, whose grandfather on her father's side served at the Western Front in the Great War.

August was born on November 7, 1879 in Karlsruhe-Durlach and came from a long line of blacksmiths - the family could trace their trade in Durlach back through six generations. August, however, went to work as a chef in the Hotel Wilhelmshöhe in Ettlingen, where he met his future wife Christine, from Ettlingen-Spessart.

Christine and August had four children together, but she passed away in 1916 at the age of 35. As Christine's family came from Spessart, the children were dispersed to friends and relatives in the village, as August had been called up to the army at the outbreak of war in 1914.

August with his unit and other members of the kitchen staff at the Western Front. August is the first on the left in this photo

August worked as a kitchen chef at the Western Front but as the war progressed, he was eventually called up to fight. He fell on September 25, 1918 and is buried at the military cemetry in Lille.

August with other kitchen staff. August is the first on the left.

Treasured by Maria: one of August's favorite cake molds

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