Born: 1903, 22 October, Hamburg, Germany
Half Siblings: ? (this is not about paternity issues - this is a celebration of a stellar lady)
Occupation: Charcuterie sales > HausFrau (she suffered badly from arthritis)
Died: 1977, 10 April, Eimsbüttel, Hamburg, Germany
NB: My Mummy so loved her Mummy and of course called her Mutti. As I grew up with English as my Mother tongue, though born in Iserlohn, Germany and spending my first 6/7 years in Germany - oops, I called / call my fab grandmother Mutti (much do the bafflement of many!)
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 and Opa. Recently my DNA Danish / Swedish count has risen from 3% to... 13%! So I recon this is from this line :)
Apparently, Auguste Völchner (Mutti's Mother) worked at various farms / manors as a Seamstress (Weißnäherinin) in ? Tessin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. While working and at the age of 23, she became pregnant with Mutti. At the time, it was a very taboo subject, so no idea if it was even consensual. With hugest respect, I salute the ladies prior to contraception - what they must have endured with the family and social status backlashes PLUS forging a life for a child born out of wedlock and the mother forging it, alone:( I don't think it was ever discussed within the family, who the father was, as no one knows.
Mummy adored her grandmother Auguste Völchner - Oma, as did Mutti - her Mother. Sadly I never met her.
Auguste Völchner (my great grandmother's) parents:
Johann Philipp Friedrich Völchner - 1838, 4 Nov, Vicheln / Viecheln, Behren-Lübchin, Rostock, Mecklenburg, Germany - ?, Occupation: A brick maker? | Caroline Sophie Dorothea Dreier Abt. 1850, Tessin, Mecklenburg, Deutschland ? - 1887, 21 Jan, Tessin, Mecklenburg, Deutschland. | I think Johann Philipp Friedrich Völchner and Caroline Sophie Dorothea Dreier were married in 1869, 1 Oct in Tessin, Germany. Later Johann Philipp Friedrich Völchner married Augusta Maria Joanna Ahrens in the same year after my great, great, great grandmother, Caroline Dreier, died as he had many children to look after. He had children with Augusta Ahrens.
Johann Philipp Friedrich Völchner parents:
Christian Jochim Caspar Völchner - 1795, 1 Aug, Belitz, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany - Abt. 1880 Vicheln / Viecheln, Behren u Lübchin, Mecklenburg, Germany. Occupation: miller journeyman | Helena Dorothea Jess Abt. 1800 Vicheln / Holland? - 1886, 18 Apr Vicheln / Viecheln, Behren u Lübchin, Mecklenburg, Germany | They were married 1822, 12 Sept in Behren u Lübchin, Mecklenburg, Deutschland. Groom: the miller journeyman Christian Caspar Joachim Völchner from the dairy in Vichel (Viecheln). Bride: Helena Dorothea Jess from the dairy in Vicheln (Viecheln). Father of bride: in the past Dutchman (job - milkman, dairy farm worker) Joachim Jess.
WWII - Erwin Haase was a talented sculptor and model maker and he 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.
Erwin Haase's parents: Carl Friedrich Rudolf Haase: 1858, 22 Apr, Hamburg - 1936, 8 March, Hamburg | Auguste Schwarz: 1861, 23 Apr, Hamburg - ?
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 Christ