“Rumanian dwarf (teacher and county clerk) on his farm in Felsővisó”
In 1916 when the Romanians declared war on the Central Powers and invaded Transylvania, elements of the seasoned German Alpenkorps were deployed to support the flighty Austro-Hungarians. The Germans who fought on this front from August 1916 to the end of 1917 were named Karpathenkorps.
Among these fellows was the officer Erich Hoffmann who was quartered in the village of Felsővisó. Hoffmann was a skilled and passionate photographer who took his camera with him wherever he went. In his time in Romania he managed to fill three photo albums with pictures of the local inhabitants, including many of the dwarf depicted above who taught at the local school.
Orthodox Jews and the local inhabitants in their colourful traditional costumes were another favourite subject. Unfortunately, little more is known about Hoffmann or his fate.