Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Koenigs – Huguenots, physicians, merchants and ministers

My grandmother Hildegard was the daughter of Harry and Auguste (born Siegismund) Koenig. Hildegard was born on November 20 in 1899 in Bremenhafen, a coastal town in northwestern Germany. Hildegard came from a family of merchants and ministers. Harry’s mother … Continue reading

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Käthe Riefenstahl (b.Koenig), my great aunt

My grandmother Hildegard’s two-year older sister Käthe was her closest sibling. Käthe was a warm and caring woman who was practical and intelligent. She worked as an x-ray nurse at the front during World War I.  In the middle of … Continue reading

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My grandfather Bengt Paul – early years

Natalie Paul b. Brehmer was her husband’s muse and a darling of his artist friends. My parents have art works by Albert Engström and Jean Sibelius dedicated to Tali Brehmer, and my mother recalls her as a unique woman. “There … Continue reading

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The Brehmer Siblings

My great-grandmother Natalie (Tali) Brehmer) had five sisters and two brothers who both died young. One brother died before his second birthday and the other, Paul born in 1891, died in 1918 (WWI or the flu). One of Tali’s sisters, … Continue reading

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Adolf Paul marries Natalie Brehmer and spends all her money

Natalie (Tali) Brehmer was born on October 19, 1879 and grew up in a large patrician villa at Roeckstraße 6 in Lübeck, Germany. She was petite and slender with dark blond hair framing a heart shaped face with blue eyes. … Continue reading

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