Finding aid for the Schramm family papers 6061

Natalie Camacho
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089-0189

Language of Material: German
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Title: Schramm family papers
creator: Schramm family
Identifier/Call Number: 6061
Physical Description: 0.42 Linear Feet 1 box
Date (inclusive): 1920-circa 1950s
Abstract: This collection contains the documents of the Schramm family, a family of Bessarabian Germans who were moved to German territory during World War II. The documents include pre-war military papers; resettlement documents; naturalization and employment papers; and some letters, including personal correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

The Bessarabia Germans lived in the Russian land of Bessarabia between 1814 and 1940. Because of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939, ethnic Germans, including the Bessarabia Germans, were relocated to Germany and German-occupied territories in order to fulfill the Nazi idea of Lebensraum.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the documents of the Schramm family, a family of Bessarabian Germans who were moved to German territory during World War II. The earlier documents include photographs and Romanian military papers. Many of the documents pertain to the family's resettlement in Germany and include the family's naturalization form and employment papers. There is a letter from the German military informing the Schramm family that one of their members was killed in action. Much of the collection consists of postwar documents. These documents include correspondence and insurance identifications. Some of the more personal documents include a card expressing condolences and an engagement announcement.

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Purchased from Eric Chaim Kline, April 19, 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder no. or item name], Schramm family papers, Collection no. 6061, [Repository], Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Germans -- Bessarabia (Moldova and Ukraine) -- 20th century -- Archival resources
Printed ephemera
Legal documents
Schramm family
Schramm family -- Archives

Box 1, Folder 1

Romanian Documents 1920-1940

Scope and Contents

Military medical records for Gotthilf Schramm; birth certificate for Hugo Schramm; tax book.
Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs 1937, undated

Scope and Contents

Photographs of various members of the Schramm family; some include members in a Russian military uniform.
Box 1, Folder 3

Romanian Railway Pass, Lydia Schramm 1938

Scope and Contents

Pass for the Romanian railway; includes photograph of Lydia Schramm and stamps from travels.
Box 1, Folder 4

Resettlement documents 1941-1944, undated

Biographical / Historical

Resettlement programs began in 1939 as a result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. They were put in place in order to encourage or force the Volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans living abroad) to return to their homeland. Resettlement of the Bessarabian Germans began in 1940. The Volksdeutsche were first put in camps while they were racially evaluated. Once they passed inspection they were given territory and property taken from expelled Poles.

Scope and Contents

Various documents regarding the resettlement of the Schramm family; Camp passports; documentation of property confiscated from Poles that was granted to the Schramm family.
Box 1, Folder 5

Certificate of Naturalization, Schramm family 1941-01-16

Scope and Contents

Document granting the German naturalization of the Schramm family.
Box 1, Folder 6

Deutsches Reich Arbeitsbuch, Hertha Schramm 1941

Scope and Contents

Employment record book for Hertha Schramm.
Box 1, Folder 7

Letter 1942-02-26

Scope and Contents

Correspondence from family member regarding health and hospital visits.
Box 1, Folder 8

Postcard to Gotthilf Schramm 1943-05

Box 1, Folder 9

Copy of letter from the front regarding the death of Corporal Gotthilf Schramm 1943-10-01

Scope and Contents

Corporal Gotthilf Schramm died from a shot to the chest during combat on 25 September 1943; his body could not be transported back to his family,
Box 1, Folder 10

Communication Regarding the Berlin Conference of the Three Powers circa 1945

Scope and Contents

Pamphlet regarding the Potsdam Conference in 1945; Published by the Soviet Military Administration in Brandenburg.
Box 1, Folder 11

Postwar correspondence 23 May 1946, 20 August 1958

Scope and Contents

News regarding the family.
Box 1, Folder 12

Social Insurance Institution of Saxony-Anhalt identifications 1946-1950

Scope and Contents

Membership for Lydia and Gotthilf Schramm for the Social Insurance Institution of Saxony-Anhalt (Sozialversicherungsanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt).
Box 1, Folder 13

Engagement announcement for Herta Schramm and Ernst Krockenberger 1947-06

Scope and Contents

Herta Schramm was the daugher of Gotthilf and Lydia Schramm.
Box 1, Folder 14

Peasants Mutual Aid Association membership card 1947-1948

Scope and Contents

Card belonging to Gotthilf Schramm proving that he was a member of the Peasants Mutual Aid Association from 1947 to 1948.

Biographical / Historical

The Peasants Mutual Aid Association (Vereinigung der gegenseitigen Bauernhilfe) was an East German organization for peasants and farmers. It was founded in the post-World War II period.
Box 1, Folder 13

Postwar documents 1950s

Scope and Contents

Documents regarding post-war life in Germany: Control card for the delivery of eggs, veterinary paperwork, invoices.
Box 1, Folder 16

Social Security identification 1951-1953

Scope and Contents

Social Security identification (Versicherungs-Ausweis) belonging to Lydia Schramm.
Box 1, Folder 17

Family document undated

Scope and Contents

Birth and death information for 4 generations of the families of Gotthilf Schramm and Lydia Richter.
Box 1, Folder 18

Condolence card

Scope and Contents

From Reinhold Schramm, brother of Gotthilf Schramm.
Box 1, Folder 19

Page from book about Count Zeppelin undated

Scope and Contents

Portion of an account of Count Zeppelin's views and youth.

Biographical / Historical

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin was a nobleman born in 1838 who served in the military and is the founder of the Zeppelin airship company. He died in 1917.
Box 1, Folder 20

Empty envelope undated

Scope and Contents

Addressed to Gotthilf Schramm from Theresie Schramm.