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Lotte Bonifacius (née Sommer) * 1898
Rumpffsweg 20 (Hamburg-Mitte, Hamm)
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Bruno und Lotte Bonifacius
Bruno Bonifacius, born 18 July 1892, died 2 Jan. 1938 Hamburg,
Lotte Bonifacius, née Sommer, born 14 July 1898, deported 25 Oct. 1941 to Lodz, Poland
Rumpffsweg, northern corner of the playground (Rumpffsweg 20)
Lotte Bonifacius came from Elbing, East Prussia. She was born there on 14 July 1898 as Lotte Sommer. On 16 Sep. 1919, she married Bruno Bonifacius in her home town; he was born in Hamburg on 18 July 1892. They had a child that had already died when they were registered for the first time with the Jewish Community in Hamburg. The couple moved several times.
Bruno Bonifacius, a merchant, had his own business, located at Stadthausbruecke 13, until mid-1938. His income was extremely low. He lived at Klaus-Groth-Straße 118. When Carl Gerloff took over the company, Bruno Bonifacius continüd to work there as a commercial clerk. He had no disagreements with him, but he felt that his wife disapproved of him.
Lotte Bonifacius traveled to Berlin on 31 Dec. 1938 to visit her mother for a few days. During this time, her husband ended his life; he poisoned himself. His suicide note revealed that he assumed he had been fired, but this was not true. He had informed someone by mail about his intentions, so he was found on 2 Jan. 1938.
Lotte Bonifacius was left with no means at all and lived on social welfare payments. She moved to Grindelhof 14, from there to Abendrothsweg 48 and finally to Roonstraße 18. There she received her deportation order to Lodz, Poland, on 25. Oct. 1941. On 7 Jan. 1942, she was assigned to live at Alexanderhofstraße 28/89a in the ghetto, where she shared a room with seven other people. The ghetto leadership used her as a laborer. Nonetheless, she was "deported” as early as 18 May 1942, which meant her murder in the Chelmno death camp.
Translator: Sandra H. Lustig
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.
© Hildegard Thevs
Quellen: 1; 4; 5; StaH, 331-5 Polizeibehörde – Unnatürliche Sterbefälle 1938/333; 522-1, Jüdische Gemeinden, 391 Mitgliederliste 1935; 992 e 2, Deportationslisten Bd. 1; Archivum Panstwowe, Lodz.
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