On November 8, 1941 George and Marion Baruch were deported from Hamburg. Their belongings and the apartment were taken from them, thus ending the history of the Baruch family’s life their and their history in Hamburg.
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.
On November 6, 1941 Georg sent the below letter. For the first time, the letter is treated as a letter of prisoners of war, that is, censored and and checked via the Red Cross. It was sent to Helga and Georg at 63 Gordon Street in Tel Aviv:
Three dear ones.
Marion and I are leaving Hamburg tomorrow.
Hoping to see Bernhards family. We are healthy and hope optimistically to see you again. Warm greetings and kisses, Daddy.
The letter was censored and was sent only on November 27 from Germany, about three weeks after he left George’s hands. Two days later, thousands of the Jews in Hamburg were concentrated in the first assembly point near Hamburg University. Everyone had to hand over the keys to the apartment and the their belongings were checked, they were allowed to take limited weight of equipment. The families traveled from there to the deportation station – The Hanover Station. It was the last time they had seen their city, Hamburg.
Georg is murdered immediately upon arrival to Minsk, about Marion’s death we have more information, in a later post.