Helen Berger

14 September 1914–17 April 1999 (Age 84)
Queens, New York City, New York, United States

The Life of Helen

When Helen Berger was born on 14 September 1914, in Queens, New York City, New York, United States, her father, Edward E. Berger, was 25 and her mother, Malvin Herskovits, was 23. She married Charles Kalman Volk on 23 December 1938, in New York City, New York, United States. She died on 17 April 1999, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 84.

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Charles Kalman Volk
Helen Berger
Marriage: 23 December 1938

Spouse and Children

23 December 1938
New York City, New York, United States

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1917 · Women Given the Right to Vote in New York

Age 3

Voters in New York approve a bill giving women the right to vote. This is passed three years prior to the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution which allowed women to vote nationwide.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 23

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 German, Dutch, Swedish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived in the mountains or hills ( see Berg ). As a Jewish name it is mainly ornamental. It is found as a surname throughout central and eastern Europe, either as a surname of German origin or as a German translation of a topographic name with similar meaning, for example Slovenian Grićar, Hribar , Gorjan or Gorjanc.2 Norwegian: habitational name from any of various farms so named with the plural of Berg ‘mountain’.3 French: occupational name for a shepherd, from Old French bergier (Late Latin berbicarius, from berbex ‘ram’).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Married Dec 23, 1938 at New Yorker Hotel

Sailed to Bermuda for Honeymoon January 1939

Sources (3)

  • Helen Berger in household of Edward Berger, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Helen Berger in household of Edward Berger, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Charles Volk, "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957"

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