Family letters

Among Werner Weissenberg’s files of paperwork are letters written by family members from the 1930s onwards; there are also letters from friends and colleagues.

Letters from Else

It was difficult to decide what to include from among the family letters, but they are now historical documents, and the information in them is of historical significance. Thus, all the letters found have been translated and uploaded.

Letters from Hermine

While these are personal letters, many of which were written in times of great distress, they provide an insight into conditions among families at the time. Given the revisionism and the willingness to forget, in the wider global context, the trend towards documentation of these events would seem to be a good thing in itself. Having these letters in a suitcase under the bed might have helped my father, in just knowing they were there. However, I hope it is appropriate that they should now contribute to the wider body of knowledge – which was something Werner believed in.

Letters from Kurt

Additionally, all the people these letters concern died many years ago. Margot died in 2007; my father died in 1990, and everyone else died over 70 years ago. If their writings can illuminate the conditions under which Jewish families lived and died under National Socialism – then so be it.

Letters from Leopold

The letters have been translated by a woman who left Germany with her family alongside a Kindertransport: her name is Helga Steinhardt Brown. We are very fortunate to have had her kind support in this.

Letters from Werner

To read the letters, please click to follow the links on this page, or they can be accessed from the main menu.

A scan of the German letters is provided first, followed by the translation.

Letters from others

Envelope addressed to Werner Weissenberg, October 1936, redirected from Tost to Frankfurt am Main. Source: Werner Weissenberg, pers. archive, copyright retained