I recently told you that I had obtained my grandfather’s death certificate. The death certificate lists the address where he died, Rosdorferweg 70 in the town of Göttingen.
I plugged that address into Google Maps and this is what I found. The address currently belongs to a hospital.
So was it a hospital in 1949? I emailed them and asked.
They told me that yes, they are the same hospital that was in operation in 1949. I asked them if they had the medical records from then. They told me that the old medical records had been turned over to the Stadtarchiv Göttingen. They were kind enough to provide me with a contact person there.
The Stadtarchiv told me that the records were now being housed at the Niedersächsischen Staatsarchiv in Wolfenbüttel. I was again given a contact person.
I contacted the Landesarchiv and they advised that they would write back when they knew whether or not they have my grandfather’s records. I got the answer today.
“Sie können von der Akte des Landeskrankenhauses Göttingen, die Ihren Großvater betrifft (NLA Hannover Hann. 155 Göttingen Acc. 2004/008 Nr. 01921), Kopien in Auftrag geben. Die Akte umfasst ca. 75 Seiten.”
They found my grandfather’s medical file, seventy-five pages worth. I have requested the file and they are mailing it to me. These medical records will answer quite a few questions that I have. When I first started the process I thought for sure that these medical records no longer existed and I would never see them. I am glad I plodded along anyway.
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