The father of the Baruch family, Georg, was born on 21.2.1881. He was a merchant of meat products for slaughterhouses, a well known man in the Jewish community, with large contracts with many international companies, a man who cared and loved his family.
He was into arts, and in the testimony it was said that the library of the Baruch family had more than a thousand books. We know about his fondness for his books from the recent discovery of the ExlibrisGeorg participated in World War I, as a German citizen, and received the Hanseatic Cross of the Hanseatic-city-states for his heroism in the 38th unit. From the war he returned with asthma.On April 5, 1914 he married Irma Lukas.
The family had a fairly secular life. In fact, in 1928 Georg was cut off from the Jewish community and stopped paying the synagogue tax. In 1933 he returns to pay it. This is what we learn from the following documents in which the payment of the synagogue tax is given (and from these documents we know the family’s addresses).
He signs the letters as “Väti”, nickname for “daddy”.
Years after publishing this blog, in 2.2020 I got a message:
Hello my name is Brigitte, I might have something special for you.
Georg ,was a very close Friend of my Grandfather Carl Witthoeft.My Grandfather was the VP for the Swift Company in Hamburg . My Mother and Marion where also Friends .
The last time Opa saw His Friend was a Sunday, He and Marion came to see him, they asked for a Backpack, Opa asked for what, Georg said we are meeting at the Damtor Trainstation to be sent away.
That was the last time they saw each other.
I talked to Brigitte, it is amazing to discover, also her mother was a friend of Marion. The above event happened on Friday, 7th of November 1941.
She told me that her grandfather and Georg worked together and were good friends, and how Georg was a very known and important man in the community. They both worked at Swift & Company 7 Jungfernstieg.
In 1941 he was deported with Marion, his daughter to Minsk. The last document with his name is the deportation list., from the Hannover train station in Hamburg.
It is said that he was hanged on the entrance of the camp.
Since he was sick, we assume that he was shot by the comp’s commander, from the following testimonial by an unknown eye witness. Out of Adolf Rübe’s investigation.
“Rübe came to the cooking houses, in one of the room were 30 sick people. He took his pistol and shot them all”