Collection of letters and documents of the Braun and Jung families from the 19th and 20th centuries. The earliest documents are a prenuptial agreement, dowry agreement, and will from the middle 1800's (photocopies). The documents are in German, but an English translation accompanies most items. The collection includes a "Familien Stammbuch" or family genealogy book along with two ancestry passports for Gunter Braun and Ernst Jung. They were used to prove familial background in Nazi Germany.
Of note are letters and drawings from Fritz Braun to his granddaughter, Frauke Elber, then aged 5-6 years old. Fritz, a World War I veteran, was drafted into the Nazi Army in 1944 at the age of 52. He was later sent to a "denazification" camp after the fall of the Reich to Allied forces. The dates of those letters range from 1946-1947, written in German with translations, and are filled with detailed drawings of animals, scenery, and flowers.
Related to the collection are two books, "I Remember...A Bridge Too Far" and "The Tall Man in the Dark Suit", both written by Frauke Elber.
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