Stamp: "Dr. Herbert Wendriner, Arzt. Berlin W., Friedrich Wilhelmstr. 22"




In 2018, two books from the library of Herbert Wendriner could be returned.

Herbert Wendriner was born in Breslau on 14 November 1879. On 29 July 1919 he married Paula Elisabeth Scheulen, who was born on 14 July 1893 in Rheydt/Gladbach. The marriage remained childless.

From 1901 to 1921, Dr. Herbert Wendriner was an assistant physician at the Surgical Clinic/Charité in Berlin, and from 1921 to 1933 he was the head physician of the Surgical Department at the Berlin-Lankwitz Hospital.

In 1933 Herbert and Paula Wendriner emigrated to India, where he ran a private practice in Bombay. In 1938 they went to the USA and lived in New Jersey, both became American citizens. After the end of World War II, the Wendriner couple returned to Germany. Herbert Wendriner worked there as a doctor in the Rheydt hospital. On 19 February 1960 he died in Rheydt after a traffic accident. Paula Wendriner died in Bad Driburg in 1971 at the age of 77.

The route of access of the periodical volume into the stock of the Berlin City Library (Berliner Stadtbibliothek, BStB) is unclear. Although the volume is listed in the accession journal "Gifts 1934" of the BStB and the Heidelberg University Library is listed as the supplier, there is no stamp of the Heidelberg University Library in the volume. However, there is a number of the Bergungsstelle, in this case Nr. 109 (Library of the Institute for Youth Welfare). This recovery was not carried out, at least according to the surviving files, however, in the BStB there are several books with this recovery number.

The second copy that was returned was accessioned in the Berlin City Library (Berliner Stadtbibliothek, BStB) in 1951 in the "Dombrowski" acquisition journal. This was an acquisition of about 1000 volumes, which were probably bought from the Berlin magistrate. Within this purchase, Nazi-loot, mostly from private libraries, is mixed with books of different provenance that evidently were not looted.