As I wrote about here, while in Denver, I visited Temple Emanuel where the confirmation class photographs of my grandmother Eva Schoenthal and of her brothers Gerson and Harold were posted on the wall. It was easy for me to find my grandmother in her class photograph as I knew her face well. But it was more difficult to identify which boys in the other two class photographs were my great-uncles.
When I got home, I asked my father and also compared the one photograph I have of Gerson and several photographs I have of Harold to see if I could pick out Gerson and Harold in the confirmation class photographs. Now I think I have, but I’d be interested in whether others agree with me. My father said he really has no memory of Gerson, but agreed with me as to which boy was Harold.
This is Gerson’s class photograph.
And this is the only photograph I have of Gerson as an adult:
Here are some closer shots of the faces of the boys in that class:
I think Gerson is the tall boy in the center of the top row (first boy on the left in the bottom photograph and the boy to the far right in the top photograph: same boy). The one photograph I have of Gerson is of terrible quality, but there is something about the shape of the head and the ears that seems most similar to the boy in the middle. Do you agree?
Here is Harold’s class photograph:
And here are closeups of the boys in that photo:
I think Harold is the first boy on the left in the top picture. Here are some other photographs of Harold as a young man:
Again, the ears, the shape of the head, and the mouth seem most similar to the boy on the top left of the first photograph of closeups above. Do you agree?
It would have been so much easier if they had listed the students in the order in which they were standing instead of alphabetically!