Reference Code: IE 2135 P14
Title: The Hella Scholz Papers
Dates of Creation: 1921-c. 1980s (predominantly 1940s)
Extent and Medium: 5 standard boxes and 1 photographic box (356 files or items)
Name of Creator(s): Fuller, Hella née Scholz (1925-2003).
Biographical History: Hella Anna Maria Scholz was born in Berlin on 29 December 1928 as the younger of the two daughters of Bruno Scholz, a merchant in building materials, and Klara née Kaiser. She was educated in Berlin. In 1942, she met Günther Junge, a pilot with the German Luftwaffe. They remained a couple until Günther’s death in an air battle on 27 January 1944.
After the war, Hella worked as a laboratory assistant for a British military medical unit in Hannover. Here, she met her future husband, an Englishman named William Fuller. They married on 1 January 1951 at the Ploughley & Bullingdon Register Office in Oxford, and in February of that year Hella became a British citizen. She and her husband lived in Oxfordshire and had no children. Hella later moved to Penarth in Glamorgan, Wales, where she died on 31 January 2003.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Professor Robert Stradling to the University of Limerick on 17 April 2003.
Content and Structure
Scope and Content: This collection contains photographs, correspondence, school records and ephemera accrued by Hella Scholz during her youth and early adulthood. They provide insights into her life in Germany before and during the Second World War, which revolved mainly around school, hobbies, boyfriends and holidays. Wartime administration and the Nazi regime feature faintly in the backdrop: Hella was a member of Hitler Youth and of Bundes Deutscher Mädel (League of German Girls), the girls’ wing of the Nazi Party youth movement. However, apart from owning a portrait of Adolph Hitler, there is no indication of Hella being a Nazi sympathiser, she was simply a young middle-class girl growing up during the Nazi regime. Some of the collection highlights include Hella’s correspondence with Günther Junge, a rare enough example of an exchange in which the letters of both parties survive, and an extensive photographic record of Hella’s life. The collection provides intimate glimpses of a life which remained remarkably happy and stable during an extraordinarily dark period of European history. Spanning as it does the rise and fall of National Socialism in twentieth-century Germany and post-war Britain, it forms a rewarding primary source for researchers of this era.
Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: All records have been retained.
Accruals: No accruals are expected.
System of Arrangement: The collection has been divided into seven series, primarily to correspond with stages of Hella’s life. Series 1 contains records relating to her immediate family. Series 2 covers her birth, early childhood and school years and includes school exercise books and certificates and records of her hobbies and leisure pursuits. Series 3 relates to her early adulthood and contains records of her professional training, her working life and her emigration to Great Britain. Series 4 contains ephemera from her married years. Series 5 contains her diary and correspondence, which has been arranged into four sub-series by correspondent. Series 6 contains publications and other printed matter in Hella’s possession, mainly pictorial and travel guides to her home town Berlin. Series 7 forms the photographic component of the collection.
Conditions of Access and Use
Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to most items. Some photograph albums require conservation treatment and are too fragile to be safely handled. These items have been identified in the finding aid. One item (P14/7/1/9) is under an embargo owing to sensitive content. The photographic component of this collection has been digitized and is available in the Digital Library.
Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items. For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.
Language/ Scripts of Material: Predominantly German and English. Some items in French. Note that some of the German documents are in Sütterlin script.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper documents and loose photographs in good condition; photograph albums in reasonable or fragile condition.
Finding Aids: A hard copy of the descriptive catalogue is available at the Special Collections and Archives Department, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.
Archivist’s Note: The original list of contents was prepared by Limerick undergraduate student Florence Lynch for her Final Year Project in 2004-2005. The work was later revised and expanded by the Glucksman Library’s Modern Language Librarian Claire Bell in 2007-2009. Their work was completed by Anna-Maria Hajba in 2023.
Rules or Conventions: This description follows guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd edition, 2000, Irish Guidelines for Archival Description, 2009, National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997, and EAP Guidance on Data Protection for Archive Services, 2018.
Date of Description: August 2023.