The Peter and Gertrud Klopp Family Project

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Elise Alma Klopp (1882-1975) – Part II


Alma Scholz (née Klopp) and her Family

Alma. widow at 37, did not marry again. During WWII she lived in the Friedrichstraße in Berlin close to Strausberg Square. There, already 63 years of age, she lost her home during a bombing raid in 1943. From that time on she lived with her daughter Else and her son-in-law Artur Thieß.

Friedrichstraße_Unter_den_Linden_Berlin - Photo Credit:

Friedrichstraße, Unter den Linden Berlin – Photo Credit:

Her two sons Otto and Willi did not return from the war. Willi died in action on Christmas Eve 1943 in Finland, while Otto was reported missing in East Prussia at the beginning of January 1945. He probably perished with thousands of refugees and injured soldiers, when the hospital vessel “Wilhelm Gustloff” sank in the icy Baltic Sea, after being torpedoed by a Soviet submarine on January 30, 1945.

Boarding the Wilhelm Gustloff January 1945 - Photo Credit:

Boarding the Wilhelm Gustloff January 1945 – Photo Credit:

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia has the following to say and I quote, “The MV Wilhelm Gustloff was a German military transport ship which was sunk on 30 January 1945 by Soviet submarine S-13 in the Baltic Sea while evacuating German civilians, Nazi officials and military personnel from Gdvnia (Gotenhafen) as the Red Army advanced. By one estimate, 9,400 people died, which makes it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history.” Lucky were those who survived the war, because they had been refused to board the already overcrowded ship.

5 thoughts on “Elise Alma Klopp (1882-1975) – Part II

  1. krysiakorsak

    …my oh my Peter. Indeed lucky were those who were refused entry to that ship. What a huge loss of life. I have a friend who on the day of the Twin Towers terrorist attack in the States…and I still hold that image in my head from the T.V. that day, did not go into work because she was sick, and she worked on one of the top floors. Destiny? Fate? A sombre read this one but ’tis life…… Thank You.

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  2. arv!

    I sometimes wonder if there were far more hardships in pre 1960’s period than now? we live in a world with far more facilities. I guess you can probably answer that better Peter.

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    1. Peter Klopp Post author

      You are absolutely right. Hardships were greater. However, people were equipped with greater inner strength. I am afraid, if we were confronted with same hardships today, most of us would not be able to cope. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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      1. arv!

        I agree. we all adjust to our environment, so if the environment changes it surely makes things difficult for us all. I also think that today life is bit more stereotype. There must have been lots of surprise elements in those days.

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