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Nellie “Omi” Hortense Bruell

Nellie “Omi” Hortense Bruell

Female 1908 - 1994  (86 years)

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  • Name Nellie “Omi” Hortense Bruell 
    Born 3 Sep 1908  Lyon, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Biography Nellie Friedrichs Strasse in Braunschweig is named after her.
    Recipient of the Braunschweig Civic Medal, Nellie H. Friedrichs, Has Died at 86

    A NOSTALGIC LOVE FOR BRAUNSCHWEIG

    By Peter Lufft

    From New York comes the news that Nellie H. Friedrichs, nee Nellie Bruell, a woman who was held in highest regard both there and in Braunschweig, has died at the age of 86. Through her loyalty to Braunschweig, a city which was not even her birthplace, she came to be part of our local cultural history. She wrote her personal recollections of this city, which were published by the city archive and city library as memoirs of her life between 1912 and 1937.

    These simple, effective recollections, very personal and not at all pretentious, tell the story of a child who, raised in a protective atmosphere in Braunschweig, matured emotionally and physically into a young woman here. It was at the Baltic resort town of Grömitz that, eighty years ago, on August 1, 1914, she heard the word "war" for the first time.

    She was born in Lyon, where her father was the head of a silk export firm. After her parents were divorced she came with her mother to Braunschweig to live in the house where her grandmother Auguste Herxheimer lived across from the city park; she attended the Lyceum Kleine Burg right through to graduation, studied at the Technische Hochschule (TH), got engaged to the youngest mathematics professor at the TH, thus experienced a highly dangerous attachment to an "Aryan," and then, separately from him, emigrated in 1937 via Prague and Paris to the USA where they were able to marry. He, Kurt O. Friedrichs, became one of the most eminent mathematical scientists in the world, received countless honors, and was the member of numerous academies, including the Braunschweig Academy of Sciences. They had five talented and successful children and seven [sic] grandchildren. President Carter awarded him the National Medal of Science. Friedrichs died in 1983 in New Rochelle, NY, were they had lived for half a century.
    Nothing -- no amount of honors or family happiness -- could diminish the closeness, indeed the nostalgic love, that Nellie Friedrichs felt for Braunschweig.

    Her memoirs demonstrated this. In 1989 she received from Mayor Gerhard Glogowski the civic medal of the city of Braunschweig. Her son Christopher, a historian in Vancouver, and Dr. Garzmann of the city archive, the publisher of her memoirs, were present. In her memoirs she wrote that once some village children in the Liineberg Heath with whom she wanted to play, incited by an older child, ran away from her. "This was the first and also the only time during my childhood when I explicitly experienced anti-semitism." She was an impressive personality. She reached out to others. Her spirit and her attitude contributed to the reconciliation of Germans and Jews in her old hometown. 
    Hebrew Birth 7 Elu 5668 
    Immigration 1912  Braunschweig, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1908-1912  Lyon, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1912-1937  Braunschweig, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 11 Jun 1937  New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1937-1994  New Rochelle, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hebrew Death 4 Kis 5755 
    Occupation Nursery school teacher 
    Social Security Number 113-38-8562 
    Died 7 Nov 1994  New Rochelle, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5666  Blank Family
    Last Modified 10 May 2009 

    Father Emil Bruell,   b. 14 May 1870, Lichtenfels, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1944, Lyon, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Ella “Didi” Pauline Herxheimer,   b. 6 Nov 1882, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1978, New Rochelle, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 27 Aug 1907  Dresden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 1913 
    Family ID F1970  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Kurt Otto Ludwig Friedrichs,   b. 28 Sep 1901, Kiel, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1982, New Rochelle, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 11 Aug 1937  Plattsburgh, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
     4. Living
     5. Living
    Family ID F4053  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Sep 1908 - Lyon, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1912 - Braunschweig, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1908-1912 - Lyon, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1912-1937 - Braunschweig, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 11 Jun 1937 - New York, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Aug 1937 - Plattsburgh, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1937-1994 - New Rochelle, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Nov 1994 - New Rochelle, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Nellie-Bruell 1936
    Nellie-Bruell 1936

    Documents
    Nellie Friedrichs Naturalization Petition
    Nellie Friedrichs Naturalization Petition

  • Sources 
    1. [S171] New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 , Ancestry, SS Champlain from Le Havre.


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