Miss Dagmar Jenny Ingeborg Bryhl

Dagmar Jenny Ingeborg Bryhl

Dagmar Jenny Bryhl. She was born on 2 September 1891 in Skara Stadsförsamling (parish), Skaraborgs County (now Västra Götaland County), Sweden, to Oskar Gustaf (a lawyer) and Ida Jenny (nee Gustafsson) Svendén

She boarded the Titanic at Southampton with her brother (or half-brother) 1 Kurt Arnold Gottfrid Bryhl and her fiancé Ingvar Enander. They were travelling to Rockford, IL to stay with their uncle, Oscar Lustig who lived at 511 Pearl Street. Kurt, who, unlike Dagmar and Ingvar was emigrating to America, acted as interpreter for them.

After the Titanic struck an iceberg Dagmar and the two men made it to the Boat Deck. Dagmar had been in a hurry and had not put on her shoes. Ingvar had promptly brought with him her shoes when he saw her come in her red slippers. They went to the port side of the boat deck accompanied by Henrik Kvillner. Dagmar got her shoes and Ingvar put the slippers in his Ulster pocket. Dagmar didn't remember the number on the boat, but she noticed that it was not even half full when lowered. Looking up she could see Ingvar and Kurt and beside them Henrik Kvillner standing on the deck wearing lifebelts.

Dagmar was probably rescued in lifeboat 12.

Upon her arrival in New York Dagmar wrote to her uncle in Rockford little knowing that he was already in New York searching for her:

Dearest Uncle,

As uncle has, of course, read in the newspaper, the Titanic has gone down. I don't know whether my fiance or my brother, Kurt, are saved. Evidently they are not for most of the men went under. I was saved and have been taken in charge by good people.
I am at a hospital, but am not sick, although very feeble. I have lost everything. I have no clothes, and so cannot get up, but must lay in bed for present.

I would have been glad if I had been permitted to die, because life no longer has any value for me since I lost my beloved. I feel myself so dreadfully alone in this land. These people are certainly good, but nevertheless do not understand me.
Could uncle possible come here, if it would not be too difficult or expensive? I would rather wish uncle to come, because father has spoken so much of you that I feel I know you best. I need someone to help me to rights. Perhaps uncle thinks I ask too much but I feel myself so bewildered and lonely. With the heartiest greetings to all relatives.

Uncle's affectionate,

Mr Lustig came to New York searching for Dagmar at the Scandinavian Immigrants' Home. However, he was unable to find her (he reported this in a telegram back to Rockford). Fortunately the hospital where Dagmar had been recuperating had also sent a telegram to Rockford telling Dagmar's relatives where she was being cared for. The relatives telegrammed back to Mr Lustig and told him where he could find Dagmar. Eventually they were reunited and travelled on to Chicago (?Rockford), IL on 24 April. However Dagmer was completely broken down and shortly afterward decided to return to Sweden. The White Star line paid for a ticket on the Adriatic which arrived at Liverpool on 12 May. According to the Liverpool Post Dagmar appeared to have recovered but now and then seemed to fall into trance, brought on by some unpleasant memory.

Dagmar finally made it back to Sweden where she later married a teacher, Eric Holmberg and settled in Kungsälv. She died on 4 August 1969 and is buried in Bergsalen cemetery, Kungsälv, Sweden (plot 3187).


  1. It is unclear if Kurt and Dagmar were brother and sister or half-siblings.  The father's name on the birth certificate is different but this may have been a clerical error.


Dagmar Bryhl
Dagmar Dryhl

Articles and Stories

Rockford Register Star (1997) 
New York Times (1912) 
Rockford Morning Star (1912) 
Rockford Republic (1912) 
Rockford Daily Register Gazette (1912) 
Chicago Tribune (1912) 

Comment and discuss

  1. Deborah J. Hanson said:

    I am looking for any information or contacts for Dagmar Bryhl (Ingeborg), Kurt Arnold Gottfrid Bryhl or Ingvar Enander all 2nd class passengers. One article states Dagmar married a teacher, Eric Holmberg and settled in Kungsalv; while another article states she married Uno Aberg, an engineer, who was employed by the Nobel brothers. Uno worked in Baku, Russia in the oil industry and they had to flee on short notice in 1917 leaving everything behind because of the Russian revolution. My grandmother and her sisters use to correspond with relatives in Sweden but they are all deceased and the... Read full post

  2. Arne Mjåland said:

    I have the obituary about Dagmar Bryhl from Kungalv Posten, Sweden. At the time of her death her surname was Holmberg. He was a teacher. It seems that he survived her. There was no Uno Åberg mentioned in the obituary. I have quiet many obituaries (about 150) about surviving Titanic passengers. Also I have some about those who perished in the disaster. May be I have the one you are looking for? Please let me know.

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George Behe, USA
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Peter Engberg, Sweden
Debbie Hanson, USA
Leif Snellman, Finland
Homer Thiel, USA

References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996) Titanic
Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, IL), 17 April, 1912
Liverpool Post, 20 May, 1912
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2019) Dagmar Jenny Ingeborg Bryhl (ref: #359, last updated: 11th January 2019, accessed 4th July 2020 01:10:27 AM)
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