Albert Johann Matthia
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Updated: 23 Jul 2004

Albert Johann Matthia
1874-1943

Albert Johann Matthia was born 4 March 1874 in Jacobsdorf, Kreis (District) Konitz, Westpreußen (West Prussia), Germany. He died 26 Jun 1943 in Königsberg, Ostpreußen (East Prussia), Germany.

  • Albert married Martha Hedwig Kobitz on 6 November 1898 in Marienwerder, Westpreußen, Germany. Martha was born19 September 1875 in Marienwerder. This photo of Martha was taken on Martha's wedding anniversary in 1918, twenty years after their marriage.
     
  • Mareese, a suburb of Marienwerder, where Albert and Martha started their family. This photo was taken in 1984, so the house probably looked somewhat different in Kurt's time. This house is below the Marienwerder Cathedral, across the Liebe river, and the road follows the route of the former Marienwerder Kleinbahn (small-guage railroad).
     
  • The house on Lazarettstraße in Marienwerder where Albert, Martha, and their family moved sometime between 1906 and 1909. This photo was taken in the mid-1930s, shortly after the house received a new stucco finish. Albert and Martha are at the top of the steps in the right-hand frame.
     
  • Photo of Albert and Martha's children taken in Marienwerder about 1917 or 1918. Left to right, they are Herta, Erwin, Charlotte, Kurt and Hildegard.
     
  • Photo of Martha with the children taken on the occasion of Albert and Martha's 20th Wedding Anniversary on 6 November 1918  in Marienwerder, Westpreußen. Albert had not yet returned from serving in the war. From left to right are Hildegard, Martha, Kurt, Herta, Charlotte, and Erwin.
     
  • Photo of Albert and Martha Matthia with their children taken about 1926. Left to right in the front row are Hildegard, Martha, Albert, and Herta. Kurt, Charlotte and Erwin are across the back.
     
  • Martha died 6 September 1960. This poem of tribute to her life was written by her daughter, Herta Matthia Ball.