Hedwig Geng Collection
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.
- Geng, Hedwig, 1891-1981 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in German and English.
This collection is open to researchers.
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.
0.25 Linear Feet
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.
The collection is arranged by document type.
The collection was digitizedand made accessible in its entirety.
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.
- Ephemera (general object genre)
- Geng, Hedwig, 1891-1981
- Geng, Luise, 1922-
- Holocaust survivors
- Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
- Munich (Germany)
- Mühsam-Edelheim, Margaret, 1891-1975
- Terezín (Ústecký kraj, Czech Republic)
- Theresienstadt (Concentration camp)
- United States -- Emigration and immigration
- Guide to the Hedwig Geng Collection 1939-circa 1970s AR 1587
- Processed by Leanora Lange
- © 2013
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.