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Hedwig Geng Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 1587

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the papers of Hedwig Geng née Berg from her time as a forced laborer in Munich (1939-1942), her incarceration in Theresienstadt (1943-1945), and her eventual liberation. The bulk of the collection consists of personal correspondence with relatives living in England and with Luise Geng, Hedwig’s daughter who immigrated to the United States in 1940. Other correspondence includes letters by Hedwig Geng to Margarete Mühsam of the Leo Baeck Institute regarding her experiences.

Also included in the collection are several pieces of ephemera from Theresienstadt, such as money, identification cards, health cards, bathing passes, notes, a book of edible plants, and a journal containing addresses and recipes. A yellow star, armbands from Theresienstadt, and a small cloth bag Hedwig Geng sewed for herself for use in Theresienstadt are also included. A few decrees and notes from the liberation of Theresienstadt can be found in the collection, as well as several poems written by inmates. A few photographs of Hedwig Geng, a young fellow inmate of hers, and Hedwig’s later family in the U.S. are also included. A few clippings and notes regarding restitution and Eichmann can also be found, as well as an inventory of the entire collection listing each item. Many of the items in the collection are accompanied by handwritten explanatory notes from Hedwig Geng.

Dates

  • 1939-1970s

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Biographical Note

Hedwig Geng née Berg was born in Munich on April 23, 1891 to Moritz Berg and his wife Jeanette née Hirschmann. She married Karl Geng on April 2, 1917, and their daughter Luise was born in 1922. Hedwig Geng was deported to Theresienstadt in 1943. She returned to Munich in 1945 and immigrated to the United States in 1946, where she lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She died in May 1981.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection documents the experience of Hedwig Geng née Berg (1891-1981) as a Jewish woman living in Munich during the Nazi regime and her survival of Theresienstadt. Materials include personal correspondence, official correspondence and directives, ephemera from Theresienstadt, identification papers, poems, notes, clippings, and a few photographs.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitizedand made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

Photographs from the Hedwig Geng Collection can be viewed online: Photographs from the Hedwig Geng Collection.

Hedwig Geng's personal memoir of Theresienstadt is also held by the LBI Archives and can be accessed online: Bericht ueber Theresienstadt.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused into acid-free archival folders. Photographs were placed in either Mylar sleeves or archival envelopes. One letter that was ripped in the center was placed in a Mylar sleeve. Plastic clips were removed from many of the items.
Title
Guide to the Hedwig Geng Collection 1939-circa 1970s AR 1587
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Leanora Lange
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
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New York NY 10011 United States