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Helga (Calm) Beutler was born in Berlin on August 8, 1925. Her family moved to Chemnitz when her father, Carl Calm, changed jobs. There she experienced anti-semitic persecution in school. Carl Calm was arrested after "Kristallnacht." In May 1939 the family Calm traveled to Shanghai, where Helga learned nursing. Due to poor health, she spent much time in the hospital. In 1947 she returned to East Berlin with her parents. In 1948 she married Gustav Beutler, who also had been in Shanghai with his son Martin (see interview with Martin Beutler), and moved with him to Leuna, where she lives.