Their first home was in Eschershauser Weg 27, Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Berlin. Zehlendorf is a district in the south-west of Berlin near the Krumme Lanke lake, on the edge of the Grunewald forest.
They lived in flat (apartment) in a housing estate known as Onkel Toms Hütte, served by a U-Bahn station named after the 1852 anti-slavery novel. The housing estate was built between 1926 and 1932 by well-known architects, among them Bruno Taut and Hugo Härings. The apartment blocks had communal back gardens that led into the forest.
|My grandmother, Charlotte Boltz, outside her new home in 1937|
|Eschershauser Weg in 1937|
|Eschershauser Weg in the snow about 1937|
|from Google maps|
|A satellite view of Eschershauser Weg showing how it is set in the forest and the communal grounds surrounding the flats from Google maps|
According to Google Maps a U-Bahn leaves for Berlin Zoo every ten minutes. The journey takes just over half an hour. Charlotte's parents lived near Berlin Zoo.
|Public transport from Eschershauser Weg to Berlin Zoo from Google maps|
Hans's parents lived at Florastraße 13 in Steglitz. Hans's father, Fritz Boltz (1879-1954) was a live-in janitor at a school there. There is still a school at that address today. Florastraße is about six kilometres away from Eschershauser Weg and it takes about half an hour to get there by public transport.
|From Eschershauser Weg, Zehlendorf, to Florastraße, Steglitz per Google maps|
|I visited Eschershauser Weg in 1982|
|The back of the flats face onto a communal garden with sand pit and play space. Each flat has a balcony. Photographed 1982.|
|The sandpit at the back of the flats in 1982|
|My mother playing in the sandpit at Christmas time. She was three years old.|
|My mother playing in the sandpit aged 4|
|My mother on her sled at Christmas when she was three years old. The balconies at the back of the flats can be seen.|
My mother told me about tobogganing on her sled down a very steep slope with two stones at the bottom of the path that you had to avoid. I found the path and stones in 1982. The slope was not big but it must have seemed so to a small child.
|the sloping path with stones at the bottom in 1982|
|The forest was a very short walk from the flat in 1982|
|My grandmother pushing my mother in a pram near the flat with her parents Emil and Helene Manock|
- https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onkel_Toms_Hütte_(Berlin) in German