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The scientific investigation of Karla Grosch's life and work is highly relevant both in the context of Bauhaus and Klee research and with regard to an early 20th century cultural historiography. However, the current state of research on Grosch's person is not satisfactory and has to be examined critically due to a lack of proximity to the sources. The results presented in this article are largely based on the evaluation of unpublished archive and estate materials, which were identified and transcribed in the course of in-depth research. The exchanges of letters between Karla Grosch and Max Werner Lenz as well as Lily and Felix Klee were particularly informative and allowed a focus to be placed on interpersonal relations. This is the first time that a comprehensive picture of the young dancer, gymnastics teacher and »adopted daughter« of Lily and Paul Klee is conveyed, which ultimately fits seamlessly into her highly regarded environment.