Gustav Robert Hermann Klopp – Friedrich and Emma’s Eleventh Child – Part 3

Fighter Pilot and Hereditary Estate Farmer

The little village Kupfermühle including the mill estate and the forestry workers’ house Heidemühle is located on the southeast road from Meseritz at the Panwitz Creek, which flows out of the Lake Bauchwitz. Both mills, Copper and Heidemühle, existed long before 1500 and played an important role in the Meseritzian cloth-making industry as fulling mills.

The administration building into which Hermann and his wife had moved is located at the mill or copper pond, which was partially filled in the 1920s. The author (Eberhard Klopp) found almost unchanged the remnants of the canal’s lock and the still good-looking half-timbered house. About in the middle of 1923, Hermann Klopp began his job as an administrator. The old-time residents and new settlers having been displaced from the expropriated and now Polish regions began with the help of the government labour services to turn the swampy area into arable land. The initiatives of this kind were based on the agro-political programmes of various government agencies of the Weimar Republic within the framework “Eastern Assistance Action” (“Osthilfeaktion”). According to the census of 16 June 1925, there were 147 German only inhabitants. The official total area comprised of 910 ha. Johann Schaare functioned as the community foreman.

In Kupfermühle as well as at the Meseritz hospital Obrawalde (today Polish: Obrzyce) the daughter Jutta (1924 – 1958) and Bärbel (1925) were born. Then followed the sons Joachim (1926) and Hans-Hermann (1929 – 1939).

Around 1926 Hermann prepared the move of his brother-in-law Ludwig von Waldenfels and his sister Anna to Panwitz located about 10 km from Kupfermühle. The leasable estate Panwitz from the property of the castle baroness Lagowitz was available, as Hermann might have found out. With his advice and mediation, he may have decidedly contributed to the improvement of income and living conditions of the von Waldenfels family. In addition, more assistance from the German Settlers Agency could be depended upon in a similar fashion as he had made use of in West Prussia. The take-over of Estate Panwitz by Ludwig von Waldenfels took place in 1927.

To be continued …


  1. Amy · March 6, 2020

    It looks like Hermann lost a son at a young age. How sad. I am afraid to see what happens in the next chapter.

    The word “hint” is used here in a way that I am not able to understand—“with his hint and his mediation.” Is that a typo perhaps?

    It’s interesting to read how these people recovered from being displaced. It also places in context how angry and sad the German people were after being defeated in World War I.

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    • Peter Klopp · March 7, 2020

      This is not a typo, but rather an error in translation. The text should read ‘with his advice and mediation …’. Thanks for pointing this out, Amy. Because of your thoroughness that is always noticeable in your blog posts, you spotted this error. I will make the correction right away.

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      • Amy · March 7, 2020

        Thanks for the explanation! I just was confused. 😀

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  2. maryannniemczura · March 6, 2020

    Thank you for the post, Peter. People back then just seemed sturdier than today. Frankly, keeping track of so many children was more than a fulltime undertaking. Larger families was also the norm. Good luck with the translating. I enjoyed the blog entry. Enjoy the weekend!

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  3. rabirius · March 7, 2020

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing, Peter.

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  4. Ann Coleman · March 7, 2020

    It is interesting to see how they coped with the post-war era, especially after being displaced. I don’t know if people now are as strong as they were back then!

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    • Peter Klopp · March 7, 2020

      To me too people of several genrations ago appear to have been tougher able to bear great hardships.


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