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Heimstatt AW photograph

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    Contains a photograph, mounted on card stock, depicting barracks on the outskirts of an unidentified city, possibly Cologne, attributed to Elly Hirschberg. The sign at the entry gate reads, "Heimstatt AW."
    circa 1920-1933
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection. The acquisition of this collection was made possible by the Philip and Janet Levin Foundation
    Collection Creator
    Elly Hirschberg
    Elly Hirschberg (1886-1933) was born on 8 September 1886 to Emil and Cecilie (Nauenberg) Hirschberg in Lauenburg, Germany. As a young woman Elly worked as an assistant to a photographer. She later opened her own photo studio, first in Berlin and later in Cologne. Elly was renown for her portrait photography and notable figures in German theater circles frequented her studio in Gereonhaus. In 1927 Elly married Matthias Pütz who was non-Jewish. The couple soon welcomed a son and daughter. In May 1933, while taking her children on a trip to the country to avoid Nazi rallies in Cologne, Elly took ill and died. Following her death Elly's son was taken in by his aunt and uncle, Kaethe Freundlich Hirschberg and Erwin Finlay Freundlich. In 1934 the Freundlichs left Germany due to antisemitic persecution that threatened Erwin's academic career. Elly's daughter remained in the care of her father and paternal relatives until increasing antisemitism in Germany prompted the family to send her to join the Freundlichs who were then living in Turkey.

    Physical Details

    1 folder

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Cologne (Germany)

    Administrative Notes

    Acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2107.
    Record last modified:
    2023-02-24 14:30:45
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