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Growing up in Berlin in the 1930s, WWII

In 1931, when Birgit (Biggi to family members and friends) Paul was 3 years old  and about to turn 4, the family lived in Lichterfelde, in the outskirts of Berlin. It was an area with many children and Birgit enjoyed making friends on … Continue reading

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The Paul Family in Stockholm 1945 – 1951

In early 1945, when the war was almost over, the Paul family was reluctantly evacuated to Sweden by the Swedish consulate. They found a one-bedroom apartment on Arkitektvägen in Bromma, then in the outskirts of Stockholm. The apartment was near public … Continue reading

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Hildegard and Bengt

Hildegard, WWI and the Paul Family In 1912 Germany formed The Triple Alliance, also called The Central Powers, with Italy and Austria-Hungary. On June 28, 1914 Austrian archduke Frances Ferdinand and his wife were shot in Sarajevo and Hungary-Austria declared … Continue reading

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The Koenig Family Spent Many Years Abroad

My grandmother Hildegard Paul (b. Koenig)  and her two older sisters, Editha and Käthe and an older brother Robert spent much of their childhood abroad. Another sister died young while the family was living in Zanzibar off Africa’s east coast. Hildegard’s father Harry … Continue reading

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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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