Did you know Charlotte Meyer? Historian issues plea for information about social worker who settled in Norwich after being forced out of Nazi Germany

08:31 16 July 2014

Prof Peter Voswinckel, who is trying to find out more about Charlotte Meyer, who fled Nazi Germany. Photo: Marc Volk.

Prof Peter Voswinckel, who is trying to find out more about Charlotte Meyer, who fled Nazi Germany. Photo: Marc Volk.

Marc Volk

A historian is appealing for help from the Norfolk public to shed light on the life of a pioneering social worker who started a new life in England after being forced out of Nazi Germany.


Charlotte (Lottie) Meyer, left Nazi Germany in the 1930s and eventually moved to Norwich, where she lived until her death in November 1984, at the age of 86.

She was a trained social worker, having studied under the German social reformer Alice Salomon, and worked as a mental health worker for Norfolk County Council for a decade until 1963. Before that, she had worked at Hellesdon Hospital.

Berlin historian Professor Peter Voswinckel is writing about the Meyer family, including Miss Meyer’s father George – a highly respected doctor in Berlin and secretary general of the International Association for Cancer Research.

To help with his work, Prof Voswinckel is appealing for help from people in Norwich who knew Miss Meyer and is especially keen to find out what happened to any photographs or documents she possessed.

He said: “Charlotte worked as a court social worker for Berlin’s city council until she was dismissed in 1933 in compliance with Nazi legislation.

“She had published numerous papers and was considered a pioneer in the field of support for children and young people who, having been the victims of abuse, were required to testify in court. Lottie became a British national in 1940 and remained single until she died. Any information about her, and/or the whereabouts of her photos and documents, would be most gratefully received.”

A report in the Evening News in 1963, gave her Norwich address as Earlham Court, in Heigham Grove.

Anybody who can help should contact Prof Peter Voswinckel MD, c/o DGHO (German Society of Hematology and Medical Oncology), Alexanderplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany, or email him via

Prof Voswinckel said expenses will be reimbursed, and remuneration might be possible for further assistance.



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