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Family letters: 1947-1957.
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- Variations in title: The dates listed in the title proper are incorrect. The records in this file were created between 1946 and 2003.
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June 16, 1946-December 2003, predominant 1947-1958 (Authorship)
- Sommer family
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Correspondence primarily between members of the Höpken and Sommer families. Includes several candid letters from Eduard Höpken that describe his experiences during and after World War II as well as the political climate in Germany during the 1950s. Of special interest is a family newsletter written on January 6, 1971 by Eduard and his wife Elisabeth Höpken that provides biographical information about their children including Gisela Sommer and her husband Ulrich Sommer, Johann Höpken, Walter Höpken, Karl Höpken, Wilhelm Höpken, and Peter Höpken. Records include letters and postcards.
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Donated in 2017.
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The letter dated January 6, 1971 written by Eduard and Elisabeth Höpken was translated by Lori Heffner Straus in 2018.
A selection of correspondence in this file was transcribed and translated in 2021/2022 by the following students from the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies: Sandra Kull, Myrto Provida, Elizabeth Milne, Angelina Stückler, Annemarie Hezel, and Peter Schüller.
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Described by NM in 2018.
Revised by NM in 2021.
Updated by NR in 2022.
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