My maternal grandmother, Charlotte Boltz née Manock, second daughter of Emil Manock (1883 – 1966) and Helene Manock née Peters (1889 -1944), was born in Berlin, Germany, on 24 May 1912. She died in Canberra, Australia, on 25 May 1988. Today is the 108th anniversary of her birthday.

Charlotte Manock married Hans Boltz on 24 April 1937 at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin
My grandmother in her back garden in Canberra in the 1960s

Birthdays were always very special celebrations in my grandmother’s house and she cooked the most marvellous cakes. I particularly remember her Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte and in the past I have cooked it in memory of her from the recipe she used.

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