Johanna Seligmann-Coppel – A life for the family

Film screening and salon talk

To the 160. Johanna Seligmann-Coppel’s birthday

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To the 160. On the occasion of Johanna Seligmann-Coppel’s 100th birthday, her great-granddaughter Andrea Rey-Suter , with the support of her descendants in Switzerland, Argentina, Mexico and Germany, embarked on a very personal encounter with her great-grandmother’s story. Together with the Austrian filmmaker Helmut Wimmer she follows the contemporary traces of Johanna and seeks out people who contribute to the reconstruction of this personal portrait with their stories.

Following the film premiere, Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, the director of Villa Seligmann, invites you to a salon talk with Andrea Rey-Suter, who also manages the estate of her mother Ellen C. Suter-Seligmann.

This “cinematic” search for clues provides unique insights into the life of the former landlady of Villa Seligmann, Johanna Seligmann-Coppel. She was the daughter of honorary Solingen citizen and industrial magnate Gustav Coppel and wife of Continental factory director Siegmund Seligmann. In the last years of her life, Johanna Seligmann, as a Jew, had to follow the catastrophic effects of Nazi rule from exile in Switzerland. In 1943, Johanna Seligmann-Coppel, worried about her family left behind in Germany, made a desperate attempt to save her granddaughters…

If you are interested, the film can be viewed in the rooms of Villa Seligmann. Please send your request by e-mail to or contact us by telephone on 0511-844 887 200.

Admission 15 euros (reduced 8 euros) with limited seating.
Admission is from 60 minutes before the start of the event.

In the series SPURENSUCHE series, you can experience the magnificent villa in the heart of Hanover in themed tours with renowned experts. Current events are illuminated with new insights. The focus is on the building, its inhabitants and the history of the Seligmann family.

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