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Clara Brauer
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Clara Brauer * 1877

Luisenweg 12 -16 (Hamburg-Mitte, Hamm)

JG. 1877

Clara Brauer, born 4 Oct. 1877, deported on 18 Nov. 1941 to Minsk.

Clara Brauer, born on 4 Oct. 1877 in Beuthen/ Upper Silesia gave birth to her son Horst on 2 Nov. 1916 as an unwed mother. Clara Brauer was a member of the German-Israelitic Community Hamburg (DIGH, Deutsch-Israelitische Gemeinde Hamburg). Her son described her in a letter he sent from Sao Paulo in Dec. 2006: "After having finished school she moved to Vienna to work as a tailor. Around 1910 she moved to Berlin and in 1914 she moved to Hamburg where her only child Horst was born. She was a Social Democrat and in 1920/22 she worked for Germany in the Committee of the referendum on the affiliation of her home region Upper Silesia. She ensured good education for her son. As a matter of prudence she made him learn English. All the rest is known.”

This rest becomes clearer from what Horst Brauer then writes about himself:

"…raised by the protestant Family Barkmann in Alt-Rahlstedt until the age of six. Then my mother took me to Hamburg to live with her and I attended the school Pröbenweg. We lived at the corner Pröbenweg/Louisenweg. After the primary years I went to the building for the secondary students at Burgstraße. Social Democrat Brunkhorst was headmaster. Immediately after having finished school I began a commercial apprenticeship at the Weil und Reineke company till 1938, the year I emigrated to Brazil. The Gestapo overlooked me because we had only shortly before moved to Oberstraße as lodgers in the house opposite the synagogue. The above mentioned company’s associate was an Anti-Nazi and saw my mother to the gathering place when she was deported to Minsk. His name was Hans Ludwig Reineke, born in Odessa at the Black Sea.

Clara Brauer moved from Oberstraße 113 to Loogestieg 19 in July 1939. It was there she received the the order of deportation to Minsk on 18 Nov 1941. Her son Horst remained grateful to Hans Ludwig Reineke to this day for escorting his mother to the gathering place; after the war he send him parcels.

Translator: Paula Antonella Oppermann
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.

© Hildegard Thevs

Quellen: 1; 4; 5; StaH, 522-1, Jüdische Gemeinden, o. Sign. Mitgliederzählung der DGH 1928; 390 Wählerverzeichnis 1930; 391 Mitgliederliste 1935; BA Bln., Volkszählung 1939; AfW 021116.

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