Köbler (Kobler), Jaan and Veronika, Papers

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IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1924-1974
Abstract: Archive consists of Jaan and Veronika Köbler's personal documents and documents of Jaan's brother Jüri and Veronika's father Karl Viia. Personal documents, correspondence, notes, diary, newspaper clippings, funeral photos.
Quantity: 2.5 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English, German
Collection ID: IHRC3570


Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2012. Gristel Ramler and Tiina Trumberg of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


15. June 1903 Vastemõisa, Viljandimaa county, Estonia - May 1974

In 1933, Jaan Köbler was promoted as lieutenant in the Estonian army. Home Guard Võrumaa department chief. 1944 was mobilized to the German army, was evacuated to Germany in 1944, Oct 1944 made it to Danzig. 1947 went to a DP camp. Attended the Navigation section of the Navigation and Sea-Engineering School for Displaced Persons at Flensburg in 1948, was second mate by qualification. Was a seaman. Resettled in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Spouse: Veronika Köbler (nee Viia) born 7. Sept. 1908 in Võrumaa county, Estonia, graduated from gymnasium in Võru. Married Jaan 1952 in Canada. Father: Jaan Mother: Mari Jaan's brother: Jüri Köbler.Born 17.Feb 1891 in Vastemõisa, Estonia, died 17. May 1954 in Germany. Was a farmer. Lived in Taevere, Viljandimaa county. Veronika's father Karl Viia, born 2. Aug. 1879, died 18. Dec. 1944 in Germany.



Archive consists of 7 folders.


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The Köbler (Kobler), Jaan and Veronika Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Jaan Köbler's personal documents and photos 1928-1974
ownership documents, IDs, membership cards, seaman's recordbook, certificate of discharge, correspondence concerning emigration, funeral photos
FOLDER 2. Jaan Köbler's notebook with addresses of acquaintances, description of his military service 1942-1945 and life in Germany 1945-1947 1942-1947
FOLDER 3. Correspondence between Jaan Köbler and Aleks Kurgvel (Estonian Officers General Council in USA) about collecting data for the Estonian soldiers' book of honor 1969-1970
FOLDER 4. Veronika Köbler's (nee Viia) personal documents 1928-1972
school reports, ID, passport, certificate of baptising, correspondence with the Royal Ontario Museum concerning donations, letter from Jaan Köbler 1944
FOLDER 5. Jüri Köbler's personal documents 1924-1954
ID, certificates, death certificate, firearm permit etc.
FOLDER 6. Karl Viia's (Jaan Köbler's father-in-law) documents and document photos of family members 1927-1944
FOLDER 7. Collected newspaper clippings