Eleanore Woollard (jmrwoollard at hotmail.com)
The photo is of Johann Epp, son (5th child) of Heinrich and Katharina (Tiessen) Epp of the Vassiljevka/Neuhof Estate, near Rosenhof in the Schoenfeld Volost. Born in 1905. He later lived in Gnadenfeld and married there. I think his forehead is a bit lighter, indicating that he may have been working outside with a hat. He became a truck driver in the Gnadenfeld collective, and was taken by the authorities in 1937.
Does anybody know what kind of uniform this boy is wearing? Or is he just dressed up for the photo? Looks like he’s wearing a medal. Any suggestions?
I have scoured the Mennonite pictorial books by Quiring and Lorenz (both English and German versions), but can’t find anything.