A Slip of Paper Tells a Story

Memo from Jonen Moving and Storage, Duesseldorf, September 2, 1943

This slip of paper was found in an old file belonging to Johannes and Elfriede Hoeber.  Before they left Germany in 1939, they placed everything they owned in storage, including nearly a thousand books, antiques and irreplaceable historical documents.  This paper was prepared on September 9,  1943 but probably did not reach Johannes and Elfriede until after World War II ended in 1945.

Translated into English, the memo reads as follows:


 We hereby notify Dr. Elfriede Hober, nee Fischer, formerly residing at Pempelforterstrasse 11, Duesseldorf, that the furniture, furnishings,  books, etc. stored with us were destroyed in the last terrorist attack on the night of 12 June 1943.

One Comment on “A Slip of Paper Tells a Story”

  1. […] Your can read the full 5-page inventory here: Inventory August 9 1939 — English translation . One of many ironies of my parents’ life is that none of these carefully cataloged belongings ever got out of Germany.  My mother was still in Düsseldorf when Hitler started World War II by invading Poland on September 1, 1939.  As a result, no ships were available to transport the crate of household belongings to the United States.  With no other choice available, my mother had everything put in storage and fled.  Everything, from furniture to books to dust cloths, was destroyed during the Allied bombing of Düsseldorf on June 12, 1943. […]

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