Meta Emma Klopp – Friedrich and Emma’s Fourteenth Child – Part 1

The ‘Baby of the Family’ and ‘Frau Professor’ Later

Meta, the fourteenth child, was born in Jersleben on 5 January 1898. Her birth took place at a time of disputes about the ownership of the house in Wolmirstedt. Her eldest brother Friedrich (1875 – 1946) was beginning to assert his independence at the expense of the family. The steady new arrivals of siblings and consequently increasing competition for the modest inheritance was getting on the nerves of the ‘faithful’ and now 23-year old rope manufacturing apprentice.

Meta was baptized, as prescribed by tradition, eight days after her birth in the newly consecrated church in Jersleben. The officiating pastor was Dr. Friedrich Daniel, the historian of the Altmark. Very little is known about Meta’s childhood. In all likelihood, her sister Jula Steuer arranged for her the enrolment in a nurses’ training programme. According to vague family memories, it started in a branch of the evangelical church in Waldbröl, Westerwald. At the start of the 1920s, because of the proximity to Neu Rosow, she resided in Stettin. it probably was the first place of her employment in the hospital ‘Bethany’ in Kreckow Street. At the same time, her sister Else and brother-in-law Stier were living in Stettin. When the couple moved to Alt Valm, Pomerania, Meta felt more and more drawn to her sister Anna in Panwitz. At the end of the 1920s, one could find her noticeably more often, almost like a permanent resident, at the von Waldenfels estate at Meseritz. From there she must have found employment at the hospital Limburg, Lahn.

Meta was the youngest daughter of the Klopp children and maintained close contact with her elder sisters. Anna von Waldenfels, Jula Steuer and Else Stier took turns in taking the yet unmarried ‘late bloomer’ under their wings. Photos of the Panwitz time show her as a good-looking young woman, who appears not unhappy but a little bit shy. She suffered mildly from a ‘lazy eye’ problem.

In Limburg happened a fateful encounter, which will be the topic of the next post.

7 comments

  1. Amy · April 10

    Well, my interest has been piqued! I look forward to finding out what happened to Meta.

    Is baptism always on the 8th day? I wonder if that has any roots in the Jewish law requiring circumcision of males on the 8th day.

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  2. Stella, oh, Stella · April 10

    Quite an interesting family the Klopps. I do understand that the eldest children were not amused by the numerous new arrivals …

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  3. Ann Coleman · April 12

    You are so lucky to have access to so much of your family’s history, and your family is lucky you are recording it so faithfully for future generations. I look forward to hearing what fate has in store for Meta!

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  4. rabirius · April 14

    Again, very interesting.

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  5. Ankur Mithal · April 18

    14th? Wow! The largest family I have personally known is/ was my grandfather’s. 9 brothers and 2 sisters. In fact, my father had uncles who were younger than him.

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    • Peter Klopp · April 20

      The last child born to Emma was my father. So you will understand if I tell you that I have a special admiration for my grandmother. Thank you, Ankur, for all the kind comments on my blog! It is greatly appreciated.

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