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Eduard Kreymborg Family Correspondence

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Eduard Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1909-1946 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Aaron M. Lisec and Tanja Burkhard

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Collection Overview

Title: Eduard Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1909-1946Add to your cart.

ID: 1/7/MSS 313

Primary Creator: Kreymborg, Eduard

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Subjects: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1939-1945

Forms of Material: Soldiers - Germany - Correspondence, World War, 1914-1918 - Prisoners and prisons, British

Languages: German

Abstract

Correspondence (in German) of the Kreymborg family of Diedendorf in Alsace, spanning the two World Wars.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

More than 700 letters and postcards between Eduard Kreymborg, who served in the German Army on the Western Front during the First World War, and his wife Luise (Lichty) in Diedendorf, in Alsace, then part of Germany. The correspondence also includes Louis and Brenda Lichty, brother and sister-in-law of Luise Kreymborg, who had emigrated to the United States and settled in Pennsylvania.  Luise's Arbeitbuch (workbook) documenting her employment as a domestic before she was married, several photographs, and other documents.  Eduard's correspondence includes 44 letters from his time as a prisoner of war in England from October 1918 to October 1919.  Initially hospitalized, he wrote with frequent requests for food, clothing and money.  The family correspondence extends into the 1930s and the Second World War.

The correspondence includes letters datelined Flanders, Strasbourg (Alsace), Gross-Strelitz, Diedendorf (Alsace) , Neubreisbach, Colmar (France), Garonne (France), Oldenburg (Germany, Hannover), Chemnitz (Germany), Butler (Pennsylvania), and Tarentum (Pennsylvania).

Biographical Note

Eduard Kreymborg (1888-1928) and Luise Lichty (born 1889) were married and lived in Diedendorf, Hessen (now part of France).  They had three children: Liesel, Eddi, and Heiner. 

In March 1915 Eduard received the Friedrich-August-Cross (of Oldenburg).  In 1917 Eduard was Offizier-Stellvertreter (acting officer), 3rd Kompagnie, Infantry Regiment 172, Minenwerfabteilung (mine launcher division); he was later promoted to Wachtmeister and then “Feldwebel”(Sergeant Major).  Eduard was a prisoner of war in England from October 1918 to October 1919.

Subject/Index Terms

World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted use.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: Edmund Kreymborg family papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Folder 2: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1912-1913Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1914Add to your cart.

Brief excerpts (summaries and translations by Tanja Burkhard):

October 3, 1914.  Eduard wrote from Garonne, France, where he had been in the trenches for two weeks, in the same place, neither gaining nor losing ground.  The two armies were only 300 to 600 meters apart.  Eduard wrote that if the French artillery was as incompetent as their infantry, the war would have already been over.  He was glad the fighting had not spread to Germany, since it is hardest on the farmers.  Fields, gardens, livestock: everything was destroyed and the French farmers he encountered were desperate, with many farms deserted.  He often pictured his family having to leave their home, and he hoped that the French would not break through to them (he thanked the Kaiser for not having brought the war to Germany).

Folder 4: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1915Add to your cart.
February 18, 1915.  Eduard wrote: "This is our last night here.  Tomorrow at 6, our regiment is planning a five-day long attack.  I hope each of our projectiles will bring us a dead Englishman or Frenchman, which would move the count up to 680 dead bodies.  That would be enough.... We have not yet received orders to go to Russia, so I will not yet get upset."
Folder 5: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1916 January-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1916 July-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1917 January-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1917 July-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1918 January-JuneAdd to your cart.
January 4, 1918.  Eduard wrote that the officers of Battalion Two were having a beer fest: "this is how we pass our days, it is not half as bad as you at home probably imagine,... it is purely a stalemate situation."  A few months before (November 18, 1817), he had described conditions at the Front as "lying in the evil corner."
Folder 10: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1918 July-1919Add to your cart.

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