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Hertha Wolff Hellmann papers

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    The Hertha Wolff Hellmann papers consist of biographical materials, photographic materials, a letter, and lyrics to “Das Ladenmädel” documenting Hertha Wolff’s family in Berlin, Hertha’s escape to Shanghai with her daughter Vera, her husband Georg Wolff’s deportation to Trawniki, Vera’s death in Shanghai, and Hertha’s immigration to the United States.
    Biographical materials include identification papers; birth, marriage, and vaccination certificates; emigration and immigration paperwork; and a death announcement documenting Hertha and Vera Wolff’s lives in Berlin, their travel to Shanghai and Vera’s death there, and Hertha’s immigration to the United States. This series also includes an American Joint Distribution Committee notification about Georg Wolff’s deportation to Trawniki.
    Photographic materials include a photograph album containing photographs of Vera Wolff from the age of seven months to fifteen years, some including her mother, two photographs of Shirley Temple, one photograph of Deanna Durbin, and a list of Vera’s childhood illnesses; loose photographs of Vera and Hertha from the album; and loose photographs of two groups of children, two unidentified men, Vera’s grave, and an unidentified woman with a girl.
    The collection also contains a single letter from Otto Singer to Hertha Wolff referencing a $200 check for an unspecified purpose as well as lyrics to Rudolf Nelson’s “Das Ladenmädel.”
    inclusive:  1899-1952
    Collection Creator
    Hertha Wolff Hellmann
    Hertha Wolff Hellmann (1898-1983) was born in Berlin to Siegmund Max Knapp and Hedwig Rothe Knapp. She fled to Shanghai with her daughter, Vera, in 1939, but her husband, Georg Wolff (1894-circa 1942), was too ill to join them. He was deported to Trawniki, Poland, in 1942 and perished. Vera died in Shanghai in 1944 of blood poisoning from an infected inoculation needle. Hertha immigrated to the United States in 1947 and married Arthur Hellmann.

    Physical Details

    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The Hertha Wolff Hellmann papers are arranged as four series: I. Biographical materials, 1899-1952, II. Letter, 1948, III. Lyrics to "Das Ladenmädel," approximately 1904, IV. Photographic materials, approximately 1927-1947

    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

    Personal Name
    Wolff, Vera, 1927-1944.

    Administrative Notes

    Gerald Hameroff donated the Hertha Wolff Hellmann papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in two installments in 1994. The accession previously cataloged as 1995.A.0184 has been incorporated into this collection.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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