[World War II][German/Jewish Refugees]
Photo Album Given to Joseph Biermann of the High Commission of Germany (HICOG) After World War II. Berlin: 1945-1954. 7¼” x 5½”. Half leather over boards. 27 thick card leaves interleaved with tissue, with 45 black and white photos inserted into corner mounts, most measuring about 4” x 3”. Overall near fine with crisp photos.
This album was given to Franz Joseph Biermann from a Mr. A. Hinz in what we surmise is a going away gift, based on a drawing at the end of the album showing the Biermanns with suitcases headed toward the Statue of Liberty and the caption “Auf Wiedersehen!” Biermann emigrated from Germany and enlisted in the United States Army in 1943, serving in the European theater. He worked for the High Commission of Germany (HICOG) and is depicted along with three other people in a well drawn comic with Biermann at his desk titled, “The 4 Chiefs of the Berlin Office (in our view).” A photo of him is captioned, “Chief No 4.” In an article by Pamela Elbe, Collections, Archives, & Exhibitions Coordinator of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, she writes about the details of Biermann fleeing Germany, and his involvement during World War II. One particularly compelling tidbit is the mention of Biermann as part of a combat intel/document team, and his role in collecting German scientific papers. Although this was represented as a presentation album showing individuals connected with Operation Paperclip, we have been unable to ascertain this for certain, but we think it is worthy of further scholarly investigation.
Other photos show different scenes depicting Berlin after World War II. They are neatly captioned in German, and show destroyed buildings, sabotaged train tracks, and a monument with a tank and statue. Other pictures show street scenes, the Freie University, and a Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, along with notable people like Nobel Prize winning Physicist Max von Laue, and Dr. Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine.
A remembrance of Berlin in the days after World War II, with a possible top-secret connection.
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