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I am urgently looking for people who in Chicago, Illinois, met/knew/ or were possibly taught by Albert van de Velde, Kathleen van de Velde, Elly Hartenberger – Van de Velde or Edy Hartenberger, originally from Berlin, and emigrated around 1950/52. Elly Hartenberger van de Velde was the only woman to ever have done a finger handstand on a bottle, with a cache. She married Edy Hartenberger, who was with his parents troupe the Orelly’s Ryle parterre with two poodles, who toured America between 27-37. Kathleen was also an acrobat, Albert van de Velde wrote and directed a lot of music still used in the manege today, such as the Polka Mazurka the Naughty Polka. Edy’s deathdate is unknown, Elly died in 1978, Albert in 1982 and Kathleen in 1994. Please mail me at nani@xs4all.nl.

Natasha Gerson

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Update: Additional: I now now that Edy (Edmund) Hartenberger died in 1972 and is buried with his wife, and another family member, Theresia (died 1958) at St. Joseph Cemetary, River Grove, Illionois. Kathleen (K’ the/Katja’s ) maiden name was Bubowska. They were well acquainted with the Bradna family both in Europe and America (Fred Bradna, Ella Bradna, Beate Bradna). We would especially like to know what Kathleen’s last years, without her husband, were like, who saw to her burial arrangements and where her personal keepsakes, such as photo/friendship albums and letters went, in lieu of a biography. Old friends of the Van de Velde’s/ Hartenbergers, please reply!

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