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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


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.

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

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Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1920-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1930-1935Add to your cart.
December 15, 1933.  Louis Lichty (Pennsylvania) gave his account of the political situation in both the United States and Europe; was happy that he did not have to live under Hitler.
Folder 3: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, 1936-1946Add to your cart.

February 19, 1941.  The situation in Alsace and the changes brought by the Second World War.  Some residents joined the S.A. and a mayor was replaced with a member of the N.S.D.A.P.

December 5, 1945. Liesel (married to a Mr. Hees) barely survived an internment camp and now waited to join her mother and husband at home.

Folder 4: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Kreymborg Family Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Papers and PhotographsAdd to your cart.

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