Born: 22 October 1903, Hamburg, Germany
Occupation: - ?
Died: 10 April 1977, Hamburg, Germany
Oops, I may have got dates wrong.
1914 to 1918 - WII, Hamburg: because of the British sea blockade, which only came to an end in the middle of 1919, Hamburg's crucial port, was brought almost completely to a standstill.
1933 January - Hitler was appointed Chancellor and Head of the German government. At this time 6,100,000 were unemployed in Germany and this is seen as one of the reasons of his sucess at coming to power. Through the Anschluss on 12 March 1938 Nazi Germany incorporated Austria in to Germany. On 1 April 1938 the Constitution of Hamburg was suppressed through an Imperial Law (German: Reichsgesetz), the Hamburg Senate was dissolved and the position of First Mayor of Hamburg abolished. Hamburg was renamed Hansestadt Hamburg.
Mummy told me candidly and several times, she was not nice to Gerhard Christ in the beginning as her Mother had remarried. However she grew to so much, truly love him and I, grew up calling them Mutti and Papa (I was brought up mostly in Edinburgh) as she later referred to Gerhard as Papa.
Hamburg Bombings - Not only had Berlin been a key bombing target, Hamburg had been badly bombed. Codenamed Operation Gomorrah, The Battle of Hamburg air raids by the Allies began on 24 July 1943 and lasted for 8 days and 7 nights. It was at the time the heaviest assault in the history of aerial warfare and was later called the Hiroshima of Germany by British officials. This is what Mutti and Mummy would have come back to.
My Daddy adored Gretal and Gerhard Christ as he lost his Father when he was less than one to WWI and I don't think his Mummy was that nice, so they became his family. He so charmed Mummy, Gretal and Gerhard Christ with his black market treasures. And for the rest of his life our only rare family holidays were to visit them in Hamburg.
Alas, to date I don't know much about them but I do know Mummy loved dearly her Oma amd Opa.
WWII - Erwin Haase was a talented model make and helped create a miniature replica model of the city of Hamburg. To date I still have not found out what happened to it but Mummy did have some model ships from it.
Margarete Johanna Erna Völchner
|Date of Birth:||22 October 1903|
|Place of Birth:||Hamburg, Germany|
|Died:||10 April 1977, Hamburg, Germany|
Margarete's 2nd Husband Gerhard Theodor Otto Christ