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The murder of Marion Baruch in the summer of 1943

“Adolph Rübe is diagnosed as a person with pathological sexual sadism.” The phrase “banality of evil” does not fit this story. There is nothing banal about it. The only banal aspect is the attitude of the authorities in retrospect. I … Continue reading

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הבנאליות של הזעזוע – הרצח של מריון ברוך בגטו מינסק

“מר רובה מאובחן כאישיות עם סדיזם מיני פתולוגי” הביטוי “הבנאליות של הרוע” לא מתאים לסיפור הזה. אין בו שום דבר בנאלי; מלבד התייחסותן של הרשויות למקרה בדיעבד. לא ידעתי ולא הייתי מוכן למה שגיליתי באותו יום בארכיון המדינה בקרלסרוה שליד … Continue reading

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Auschwitz – The end of Baruch family

19.4.1943 On April 4, 1943, the Neuendorf Hachshara/labor camp was closed with all the Jews who were there. All were sent to Auschwitz. Rolli arrived in Auschwitz on April 19, 1943 with the 37th transport from the city. 153 of the … Continue reading

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The last letter

24.3.1943 On March 24, 1943, Rolli writes the last letter to his sister Helga in Palestina. Less than a month later, the remaining 12 teachers, including Rolli, would be forced to board the train to Auschwitz. The sender of the … Continue reading

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Marion Baruch’s murder

  1942 Marion was a talented and sensitive girl, artistic (according to the deportation records of the Nazi authorities, her official role was “designer / painter”). She played piano at various institutions in Hamburg. She was a painter and worked … Continue reading

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Rolli and Walli Hirschfeld are getting married

  1.1942 Walli Hirschfeld was born in Graudenz, Poland in 1921. Later the family will move to Leipzig, Germany. She then moved to the Ahrensdorf Hachshara camp in Berlin, where she met Rolli. He describes the moment of her arrival … Continue reading

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Georg Baruch

1941 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 … Continue reading

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The deportation from Hamburg

1941 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. EDIT: Years after … Continue reading

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Hachshara Neuendorf – the last youth Hachshara in Germany

Roly moves to the Neuendorf training camp in Fürstenwalde. “In this area in Nauendorf between 1940 and 1943 there was an agricultural camp of Jews who hoped to emigrate the Fascist terror zone from which they suffered for a long time. … Continue reading

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Marion’s last attempt to escape

1939 1939, Germany invaded Poland, and in that outbreaks officially World War II. The gates of the states were closed and a long period of terrible war began. The family understood the danger, but they apparently did not understand how … Continue reading

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War breaks, the family is forced into the “Jew house”

1939 In 1939 things are getting worst. As described in the previous psot, Marion is trying to obtain an immigration permit. Initially to “meet a man in the Netherlands” and then she tries again, this time to Britain where her … Continue reading

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Georg writes from Hamburg to Palestina

20.1.1939 We do not have the copy of the original letter. We learned about the content of Helga’s testimony given at the request of the Hamburg City Archives: My dear daughter, In the context of my situation; Thanks to dedicated … Continue reading

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“I always looking for hopeless things in men” Marion and the failed Amsterdam path

1938 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 … Continue reading

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“I am back” – Georg writes to Helga

20.12.1938 In the wave of arrests of Kristallnacht, Georg, the father of the family, was taken to the Sachsenhausen camp in Berlin. For about six weeks he stays in the place before returning home.During those six weeks Marion is left … Continue reading

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Post Pogromnacht Hamburg: Rolli writs from home

15.12.1938 There is nothing left to do, except what we all did the last 2000 years: Waiting. This letter is fascinating, shocking, and teaches us about the feelings and reality after the events of Kristallnacht, and especially, perhaps, on the … Continue reading

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“Help! only you can help father!” The dramatic telegrams.

1938 Finding these telegrams in Hamburg, in 2013, is the first time that we know of the greatest regret and pain that Helga carried all these years. It would be the first time, that her sons discover what she never … Continue reading

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Roli writes to Hamburg from Hachshara Ahrensdorf

10.5.1938 Roli writes from the Hachshara camp on May 10, 1938, shortly after he reached the Ahrensdorf. He is obviously enthusiastic about the atmosphere, the people, the work and the lessons. But mostly, he is enthusiastic about the goal: to … Continue reading

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The last home as free people

1937 In 1937 Georg and Marion, who remained in Hamburg, move again, this time back to their neighbourhood, Eimsbüttel. Unfortunately, the building in which they lived was destroyed and no longer exists. The apartment is on Kloster allee on the … Continue reading

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Mother dies, her sister and her only son, who died in the war of independence.

1936 Irma Lucas was born in 1.3.1887 and married Gerog Baruch in 1914. We have no information about her family but the fact taht they were from Altona (a town next to Hamburg) . About a month after Helga moved … Continue reading

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Oh can you see? and who will kiss me? – the short life of Marion Baruch

The following text is a part of the exhibition about Marion Baruch’s book in Hamburg.  Marion Baruch’s short time on the road of life Marion Baruch was born in 1919 in Hamburg. She is the second of three siblings. Her … Continue reading

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Helga and Bernard getting married and fleeing to Palestina

1936 While winds of war and the Nazi regime into power, while the future is not clear, Helga is already involved in with the Zionist idea. She is studying housekeeping in the Hamburg training camp and meets a young man … Continue reading

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Rolf moves to Hachshara Ahrensdorf – the German-Jewish youth Hachshara camps

1936 The “Hachshara” (training, or preparation) camps were kind of a kibbutz, farms based on a shared economy. As the Zionist movement strengthened on the one hand, and as anti-Semitism increased on the other, the Zionist training camps throughout Europe that … Continue reading

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The lost war letters at the Heinrich Hertz school

1933 In 1933, Rolf graduated from the Heinrich Hertz gymnasium school. The original school is located close to Schlump train station. Over the years, the Heinrich Hertz School has merged with two other schools, and today it is located in … Continue reading

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The temporal house in Hamm

1926 Hamm Is it a neighborhood located in the east side of Hamburg, It was, and still is considered a low valued neighborhood. In the case of George, the father, respiratory problems were discovered and his doctors recommended that he … Continue reading

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The story begins

1920 – 1880 The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg was (and remains today) the second largest city in Germany, the most important port city, the gateway to Europe. The city had an extensive Jewish community for hundreds of years. It … Continue reading

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Georg Baruch

Georg Baruch   Born 21.02.1881 in Hamburg Lived 1904 in Weidenstieg 5, Hamburg Elmsbüttel Father Dey Selig Baruch Mother Henriette Baruch née Baruch Dey Selig Baruch Born: August 1827 Died: 25.08.1892 in Hamburg Burried on Jüdischer Friedhof Ohlsdorf, Hamburg Profession: merchant … Continue reading

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The Lost ex-librīs of Bremen and the Restitution of the WW2 Stolen Books

Wikipedia: “A bookplate (or book-plate, as it was commonly styled until the early 20th C.), also known as ex-librīs [Latin, “from the books of…”], is usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the inside front cover, to indicate its … Continue reading

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האקס-ליבריס מהעיר ברמן ופרוייקט השבת הספרים שנשדדו ע”י הנאצים

על החלק הראשון בסיפור המדהים על האקס-ליבריס ועל גילוי הספרים מספריית המשפחה שנשדדו מביתם בהמבורג לאחר שנשלחו למחנות, ניתן לקרוא כאן (אנגלית). ויקיפדיה: “אקס ליבריס (מלטינית: ex-librīs, מילולית: “מספריו של…”) היא תווית נייר מודפסת ומאוירת המודבקת בספר, או חותמת המוטבעת בספר, … Continue reading

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The Lost Exelibris Library

Two months ago, just a week after the opening of Marion’s Book exhibition, we discover another fascinating item: A pack of books with an exelibris (a bookplate) from before the war, from my family house in Hamburg. In some libraries in … Continue reading

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הלגה ארנה – הראיון על החיים כנערה בצל הנאציזם בהמבורג וההגירה לפלשתינה

בשנת 1989 עורכת אריקה הירש, ראיון עם הלגה ארנה, באיזור מחנה ההכשרה בו שהתה לפני העליה לפלשתינה, באיזור ריזן שבבלנקנזה בעיר המבורג. את קלטות הראיון מצאתי במקרה, בארכיון ישן בשכונת אוטנזן בהמבורג. הקלטות הועברו לדיגיטל ותומללו משמיעה, ואז תורגמו לעברית. … Continue reading

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הלגה ארנה – מכתבים להמבורג

במסגרת מציאת החומרים, הגיעו לידי מכתבים ששלחה סבתי מתל אביב לחברותיה בהמבורג. המכתב האחרון, הוא בו היא מספרת על תחילת המחלה, היא אינה יודעת שזה יהיה הסרטן שיסיים את סיפור חייה המרתק. לא את כל החלקים הצלחתי לתרגם, גם בעזרת … Continue reading

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Marion Baruch – Eine Seefahrt die ist lustig – The Lost Book

Marion Baruch was born in 1919 in a family apartment in Eimsbüttel in Hamburg, Germany. She was the smallest child of three; The first older sister was Helga and he second was Rolf, “Roli” he was called by everyone. Their … Continue reading

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מריון ברוך – Eine Seefahrt die ist lustig – הספר האבוד

1936 מריון ברוך נולדה בשנת 1919 בבית לבן ויפה בשכונת איימסבוטל שבעיר-המדינה המבורג שבגרמניה. היא הייתה בת הזקונים מבין שלושת הילדים לבית ברוך: האחות הבכורה הלגה ואחיה הגדול רולף, רולי, כפי שקראו לו כולם. מריון נולדה למשפחה אמידה מהמעמד הבינוני-גבוה … Continue reading

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Marion Baruch

A pianist and illustrator and the Cultural Association actively engaged (http://stolpersteine-hamburg.de/) Links directing articles are in Hebrew, for this blog is not completely translated to English. 19.3.1919 Born in Wrangelstraße 24, Eimsbüttel 20253 Hamburg, Germany  1926 – Moved to Hirtenstr 17. Went … Continue reading

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הביקור במחנה ההכשרה נוינדורף

בסוף חודש יולי השנה נסענו דרומית לברלין במטרה למצוא את מחנה נוינדורף, ולבקר בשנית במחנה אהרנסדורף בעקבות שנותיו האחרונות של רולי, אחיה של סבתי, במחנות ההכשרה בגרמניה, לפני שנשלח לאושוויץ שם מצא אאחרת מותו בצעדות המוות. נוינדורף: התחנה הראשונה היתה … Continue reading

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מחנות ההכשרה – מחנה נוינדורף, המחנה האחרון.

רולי עובר למחנה ההכשרה נוינדורף  Neuendorf in Fürstenwalde. “בשטח זה בנאואנדורף בין השנים 1940 ל 1943 היה קיים מחנה חקלאי של יהודים שקיוו להגר בעזרתו מאיזור הטרור הפאשיסטי ממנו סבלו לאורך זמן. אבל למעשה, כאן, משנת 1942 התקיים חלק מהפתרון הסופי … Continue reading

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