Lewin, Helga (b 1916): papers regarding compensation claim

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Personal papers of Helga Lewin (nèe Krebs), 1938-1985, relating to her compensation claims and awards from the German government including decisions of the courts and the Entschådigungsamt (Resititution Office), expert witness statements and reports; testimonials and correspondence with her solicitor. Includes originals and copies.

Administrative / Biographical History

Helga Lewin (nèe Krebs) was born in 1916 in Berlin of Jewish parents. From the age of 6 she took private piano lessons and it became apparent early on that she was very talented. She went on to study the piano more intensively, later becoming a piano teacher from 1937 to 1939. She fled Nazi Germany in April 1939 to England where she worked as a servant until she was interned as a German citizen in Jun 1940. After her release she worked as waitress in a cafè in Manchester. In 1946 she began work as an accordion player but had to give this up on account of the pain it was causing her back.

During the course of the next few decades she was awarded compensation for loss of potential earnings from the Entschådigungsamt (1229/16-17), succeeding in her attempts to claim compensation for physical disability and mental illness.

Arrangement

Chronological

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Anthony Newton, Solicitors

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.

Geographical Names