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Leo Frankenthal * 1861

Grindelallee 93 (Eimsbüttel, Rotherbaum)

JG. 1861
ERMORDET 4.8.1942

further stumbling stones in Grindelallee 93:
Ida Frankenthal

Ida Frankenthal, née Lindenfeld, b. 10.1.1867 in Kassel, deported on 7.15.1942 to Theresienstadt, perishing there on 9.26.1942
Leo Frankenthal, b. am 4.16.1861 in Hamburg, deported on 7.15.1942 to Theresienstadt, perishing there on 8.4.1942

Grindelallee 93

Leo Frankenthal was the son of the married couple, Rosalie, née Gerin, and Ludwig Joseph Frankenthal. Leo lived together with his wife Ida at Grindelallee 93 in Hamburg in a six-room apartment. While Ida was a housewife, Leo, after training to be a textile salesman, worked as a trade representative in his agency, which belonged to a textile branch. He earned RM 5000 to 6000 annually. He seems not to have made use of a license issued in 1909 for "serving non-alcoholic drinks.”

On 21 October 1894, there daughter Margot was born in Hamburg. She trained to be a saleswoman. Around 1927, she worked for one or two years in a lady’s hat shop at Reichenstrasse 33 in Altona. In the 1930s, she emigrated with her husband to the USA. Her married name was Salomon; the couple had no children.

On 27 February 1899, Theodor, the second child, joined the Frankenthal family in Hamburg. Up to the third form, he attended the Talmud Torah School. After a two-year commercial apprenticeship, the seventeen-year old volunteered for the German Army in 1916, fighting at the front from 1917 to the end of the First World War in November 1918. After the war, he joined the "Bahrenfeld” Freikorps, which emerged from the 76th Hamburg Infantry Regiment and which inscribed the battle against Social Democracy and Communism on its banner. On 13 November 1917, Theodor’s wife Alice, who was born with the name Freud on 16 July 1900, had a son named Kurt Anton. A second son, Rolf Edgar, was born on 29 May 1921 in Hamburg. The family lived at Sorbensstrasse 19 in Hammerbrook, where commemorative stones for Theodor and Edgar Frankenthal are placed (see "Stolpersteine in Hamburg-Hamm”). In 1937, Theodor was arrested for "race defilement" and sentenced to three years in prison. He was incarcerated from 1937 to 1940 in Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel. On 3 August 1940, he was transferred to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and from there, on 6 September 1940, to the Dachau concentration camp. On 5 July 1941, Theodor Frankenthal was deported to the Buchenwald concentration camp, where on 26 July 1942 he lost his life. His wife Alice emigrated to England in 1938.

On 29 October 1901, Ida and Leo Frankenthal’s youngest son, Kurt, was born in Hamburg. Until his 17th year, he attended the Talmud Torah School and spent an additional year at the Aaron School. Thereafter, he completed training as a photographer, which he concluded with the journeyman’s examination. His first marriage took place in 1926. This marriage was later dissolved. From 1924 to 1938, Kurt worked as an independent photographer. The National Socialist Art Chamber prohibited his work in 1938. In that year he married his second wife, Edda, née Frucht, born on 13 October 1911 in what was then Polish Lemberg (today Lviv, Ukraine). In the next year, the couple emigrated to the USA, where they finally settled in South San Francisco.

In 1933, Leo Frankenthal was 72, his wife Ida was 66. They seem not to have had any "regular” old age pension. Leo was supported by the Jewish Congregation; added to this was the income from subletting a few rooms in their large apartment. From 19 September 1941, they were obliged to wear the "Jewish star.” Apparently, the couple probably had to move to Kleinen Schäferkamp 31, a "Jew house.” In the following year Leo and Ida Frankenthal were deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto as part of Transport VI/1/605. Ida was assigned to a room in Building no. Tr 218; Leo was assigned to Building L 218, room no. 14. He died there on 4 August 1942. Ida died a little later, on 26 September 1942. On both death certificates the cause was listed as old age infirmity (marasmus).

Translator: Richard Levy
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.

© Jil-Aminata Gasirabo/Julia Schoeler

Quellen: 1; 2; 3; 5; 7; StaH 351-11 Amt für Wiedergutmachung 1166, 25343 u. 723; StaH 213-11 Staatsanwaltschaft Landgericht – Strafsachen 490/38; StaH 231-7 Amtsgericht Hamburg – Handels- und Genossenschaftsregister B 1965–167;; Thevs, Rolf Edgar, S. 31f.
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