Guide to Monica Werner family papers

Summary Information

Tauber Holocaust Library
Creator - Compiler
Fuchs, Anni Heyman
Creator - Donor
Werner, Monica
Monica Werner family papers
1937-1946, 1994
0.1 Linear feet comprising photographs and documents
Mixed materials [Folder]
Archives Box 21
This collection documents the fate of several members of the Jewish-German Heymann family during the Holocaust, and includes photographs and copies of documents detailing their deportations and deaths.

Preferred Citation note

Monica Werner family papers - 2009.008, Tauber Holocaust Library - JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, California

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Biographical/Historical note

Anni Heymann Fuchs was a cousin of the family whose fate is described in this collection. Ms. Fuchs survived the Holocaust, and died in the mid 1970s, leaving this collection to her cousin Monica Werner. Ms. Werner was born in Berlin, Germany on April 4, 1926 and escaped Nazi Germany in March 1941.

Clara Gossels Heymann was born in Crossen, Germany on May 12, 1883. At the time of the Holocaust she was widowed. She had two daughters. Her daughter Edith was born March 20, 1907, in Berlin; and her daughter Hilde was born August 7, 1912 in Berlin. Hilde married Heinz Traugott, born July 25, 1901 in Berlin, and their daughter Brigitte (Gitta) was born on October 1, 1941 in Berlin. Heinz Traugott was deported on January 29, 1943, and the remaining members of the immediate family were deported on February 19, 1943, to Auschwitz, where they perished.

Another cousin, Cilly Ruhm Mendelsohn, born in 1912 in Berlin, was arrested with her husband in August 1942 in Nice, France, deported to Auschwitz and perished in 1942. Her exact fate is not known. Hedwig Ruhm, who sent a postcard from Theresienstadt to Anni (Heymann) Fuchs, was deported to Theresisenstadt with her husband. Other family members, including siblings and nieces of Clara Heymann, were also deported from Berlin in December 1942 and January 1943, and perished.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Tauber Holocaust Library

JFCS Holocaust Center
2245 Post Street
San Francisco, CA, 94115
[email protected]

Conditions Governing Access note

There are no restrictions to access for this collection.

Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions to use for this collection.

Custodial History note

This collection of photographs was donated to the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project by Stacey Descoteaux, a volunteer, who was given them by Holocaust survivor Monica Werner, who had inherited them from her cousin Anni Heymann Fuchs. The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project merged with the Holocaust Center of Northern California in 2007; the Holocaust Center of Northern California became part of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties in December 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
  • Auschwitz (Concentration camp).
  • Theresienstadt (Concentration camp).


  • Correspondence
  • Photographs


  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Germany
  • Jewish children in the Holocaust
  • Jewish families -- Germany
  • Jewish women -- Germany -- Berlin
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Deportations from Germany

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Collection Inventory


Baby Brigitte (Gitta) Traugott, Oct. 41 - Feb. 43 February 1943 

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Heinz and Hilde Traugott, the young couple was killed at Auschwitz, Feb. 1943 

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Wedding picture of the executed couple, Hilde and Heinz Traugott circa 1940 

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Baby Gitta Traugott, born Oct. 1, 1941- died Feb. 1943. age 16 months - at Auschwitz. (The aunt pictured with her was also killed.) 

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Baby Gitta Traugott, Mother Hilde Traugott, both killed Feb. 43 Auschwitz 

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Hilda Traugott with Baby Brigitte 

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Heinz Traugott and Gitta 

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Edith Heymann, killed Feb. 43 at Auschwitz undated, probably late 1930s or early 1940s 

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Cilly Lisser [Mendelsohn], arrested in France and killed at Auschwitz Aug. 1942 1937 December 4 

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Clara Heymann nee Gossels, died Feb. 43 at Auschwitz undated, probably 1930s - 1940s 

Back of photograph

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Xerox copy of postcard to Anni Heymann from Hedwig Ruhm 1943 December 10 

General note

Copy of official postcard, issued to deportees, confirming receipt of a gift package

Document detailing the fate of the family members of Clara Gossels Heymann undated 

Xerox copy of letter to Anni Fuchs from American Joint Distribution Committee 1946 December 9 

General note

The letter details the deportation of several members of the Heymann family

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Explanatory material 

Letter from Monica Werner to Stacey Descoteaux, explaining provenance and background for collection 1994 August 10 

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