Gertrude Schwerin was born Gertrude Dosenheimer on June 8, 1910 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein in Germany to Emil and Paula (nee Friedmann) Dosenheimer. She attended the Universities of Freiburg, Munich, and Grenoble between 1929 and 1933, earning the equivalent of a Masters Degree in modern languages. In 1937, she fled Nazi Germany, aided and sponsored by wealthy relatives in Philadelphia.
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Kurt Schwerin was principally known as a law librarian. After writing the well respected volume Classification for International Law his role as a leading figure among American law librarians was established. In 1948, he came to the Northwestern University Law Library to help develop the foreign law collection. Under his supervision, the foreign law collection would become one of the leading collections of its kind in the country. The Kurt Schwerin Papers fill thirty archival boxes, spanning...