A year before the outbreak of World War II, Jewish life in Germany had become impossible. The war had not yet begun, but life was a succession of suffering, persecution, and deprivation.
Georg, the father of the family returning from detention in Berlin after Kristallnacht. He has frostbite in his hands and little Marion (who was 19 at the time) stays with him to help him. At the same time, the family tries to send her to Holland. Probably to meet a man.
Helga was already in Palestina, Rolli was already in the training camp, preparing to immigrate to Palestina, and only Marion, the talented and artistic little sister, was left alone with her father, going through the terrible moments with him. It was clear to everyone that they had to get her out of Germany first and that they tried to do in every way.
In my conversation with Dr. Prizlaff, that knew my grandmother she said that Helga testified that in an exchange of letters with Marion, Marion wrote to her that she was “always looking for hopeless things” in men.
The same day he returns from prison, Georg makes a request for Marion to leave the country.
The document in our possession testifies to Georg’s capital declaration, a statement the authorities sought to confirm Marion’s departure.
In this letter Georg asks the Foreign Ministry to allow Merrion to go to Amsterdam so that she can meet the man if they hoped she would get engaged (it is not clear to us what the story is with that man, if she knew him at all).
The capital statement as a guarantee, it is a declaration of capital in very large amounts, in terms of 1938. We have no idea whether that visit to Amsterdam took place. We know Marion complained about the men she met, we know she chose to stay in Hamburg to help her father at this point. Our guess is that apparently, in anticipation of disappointment with men and the desire to stay and help her father, Marion gave up that journey and stayed in Hamburg.
This decision, which determined her fate.