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Dorothea Dressel collection

Document | Accession Number: 1995.A.0186

The Dorothea Dressel collection contains documents primarily concerning Dorothea Dressel’s husband, Friedrich Dressel, who was a member of the Communist party and was killed in Dachau in 1933. Records include correspondence concerning Friedrich’s death, and post-war correspondence, including a letter from the writer Oskar Maria Graf. Other items include a death and marriage certificate, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

The Dorothea Dressel collection contains material primarily related to her husband’s death in 1933. The correspondence contains a letter from Fritz’s parents, asking Dorothea if the newspaper reporting his death was true. Another two letters concern Fritz’s gravesite, while other letters are of support from the United States, and a response from Dorothea thanking them for care packages. Also included is a letter from exiled German writer Oskar Maria Graf, who had known the Dressels prior to his emigration from Germany. Other items include a marriage and death certificate, and photographs of Munich, including a street that was named after Fritz Dressel, as well as photographs of his family and his grave site. The news clippings contains several various articles, as well as a newspaper account reporting Fritz’s death as a suicide. Also included is a receipt for the cash that was found on his body at his death.

Date
inclusive:  1930-1986
bulk:  1930-1947
Language
German
Extent
4 folders
1 oversize folder
 
Record last modified: 2021-05-25 15:00:29
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