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Dr Werner Kissling

The Kissling family's home



The Kissling Family's home, Heinzendorf, 1890s

These two photographs show the Kisslings' family home of Heinzendorf in Breslau. The family had become wealthy through a successful brewing business and Werner and his brothers grew up in luxurious surroundings.


Dr Kissling was fond of his family home. He kept photographs of it on the walls of his homes in the UK, showing them to friends when he was telling stories about his life in Germany.


He never returned to his home after leaving Germany in 1927 and it was seized by the Gestapo during the Second World War.


With thanks to Joan Hamilton and Ralph Coleman for providing information.


Dr Werner Kissling (1895-1988) was a German photographer and ethnographer who spent most of his life documenting Scottish crafts, architecture, and agricultural practices. He was associated with Dumfries Museum from the mid-1950s until his death in 1988.

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:2019.5.2.247 & DUMFM:2019.5.2.123
Digital Number:
DMPG367n & DMPG368n
Creation Date:
Dumfries & Galloway Council

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