Henry Hellmann (formerly Heinrich Jakubowicz) and Eva Hellmann: personal papers

Scope and Content

This collection contains the personal papers of Henry (Heinrich Jakubowicz) and Eva Hellmann. Hellmann was a member of the Social Democratic youth movement and SPD Reichstag parliamentary group. He had to flee Nazi-Germany due to his underground activities in 1935. He and his wife Eva Hellmann eventually emigrated from Prague to England in the late 1930s.

Included are political articles and papers by Henry Hellmann; Hellmann's reminiscences of his parents, Michael and Anna Jacubowicz, and various autobiographical accounts of Henry and Eva Hellmann; correspondence with family and friends; marriage and death certificates; school reports; journalists membership and press cards; photographs; as well as obituaries and condolences relating to Eva and Henry Hellmann.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Hellmann (formerly known as Heinrich Jakubowicz, 1906-1984) was born in Breslau but grew up in Berlin. He was in the Social Democratic youth movement (SAJ) and in the SPD from 1925. Between 1930 and 1933 he was a member of the SPD Reichstag parliamentary group. Heinrich Jakubowicz was present at the "Vorwärts" siege and the arrest of the SPD executive by the SA. Due to his activities in the underground group "Neu Beginnen" he had to emigrate in 1935. Jakubowicz fled to Czechoslovakia, where he got married to Eva Hellmann (1907-1986), a teacher from Prague. He soon emigrated to England followed by his wife shortly after. They were reunited again in 1939. Several of Eva and Henry Hellmann's family and friends perished in concentration camps. Eva's mother and her eldest brother with his wife and children were deported to Auschwitz. Only her brother survived Auschwitz.

Henry worked as a translator and journalist in the UK. He changed his name to Henry Hellmann when he was naturalised in 1947. The couple's daughter, Anna Maria Ruth, was born in 1943.


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Acquisition Information

Donated by Anna Hellmann



Related Material

For photographs see Photo Archive 2009/7