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Herzer, Edith: correspondence regarding restitution claim


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1234

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Herzer, Edith: correspondence regarding restitution claim

Date(s): 1938-1980

Level of description: collection

Extent: 2 files

Name of creator(s): Herzer | Edith | fl 1938-1995 | office worker


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].


Scope and content/abstract:

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.


Language/scripts of material: Mostly German

System of 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:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Edith Herzer


Related material:

Publication note:


Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2008

Compensation | Administration of justice
Jews | Religious groups
Legal procedure | Administration of justice
Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines
War compensation | War victims | International conflicts

Personal names
Herzer | Edith | fl 1938-1995 | office worker

Corporate names

Germany | Western Europe | Europe
London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe