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Steffens and Meyer families photographs

Document | Accession Number: 2009.172

The collection consists of one wartime portrait of the family of Heinrich and Else Steffens of Bottrop, Germany. In the portrait, Heinrich and Else pose with their son, Fritz, in a Nazi naval uniform and holding their infant daughter, Liesel. The family posed in front of a portrait of Adolf Hitler. There is an accretion of one photograph of the Meyer family of Bottrop. The photograph depicts Wilhelm and Fajga Dobra Meyer and their son Edgar August in a wagon shortly after their arrival in Palestine around 1939. Heinrich and Else Steffens's daughter, Liesel, had a chance meeting with Wilhelm Meyer in Bottrop in 1951 when she was nine years old. He had returned to the town to find and thank Friedrich Sommer for saving his son Edgar August during Kristalnacht in 1938. After learning some of his story, and more about her parents' Nazi past, Liesel became estranged from mother, and dedicated her life to educational and philanthrophic causes regarding the Holocaust. She has also spent time researching the Meyer family so that their story and connection to Bottrop would not be forgotten.

Date
approximately 1939-approximately 1942  (inclusive)
Genre/Form
Photographs.
Extent
2 photographs.
Extent
1 folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Liesel Appel
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Record last modified: 2017-06-02 14:32:57
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