Herzer, Edith: correspondence regarding restitution claim

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers, 1938-1980, documenting the compensation claims made by Edith Herzer and her sister Hilde, German Jewish immigrants to Great Britain, whose parents were murdered at Auschwitz; comprising correspondence and other papers of compensation for loss of profession, loss of inherited property and suffering under the Nazi regime; rejection by the American Consulate, London, of application for immigration visa (1234/7) and copies of extract from the municipal authorities, Nice, regarding the fate of Hugo Herzer, Edith's father.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edith Herzer was born in Berlin in 1912 and emigrated to Great Britain in October 1938. Edith worked at a succession of house keeping jobs in London, then as a nursery nurse and finally as an office worker at Pearl Life Assurance, Holborn, from 1953.

The family owned property in Potsdam-Babelsberg (which was eventually appropriated by the East German government, having been used for delegates to the Potsdam Conference in June 1945); and at Neue Jakobstr. 14, Berlin. Property compensation claims had to be made through the Foreign Compensation Commission, the authority established by the DDR regime to handle claims made by those who suffered under the Nazis [see 1234/73 for correspondence and forms].

Arrangement

The material has been arranged in strict chronological order save for that relating to the East German Foreign Compensation Commission which is grouped at 1234/73.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Edith Herzer

Other Finding Aids

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

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