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Henry Blum * 1867
Isestraße 69 (Eimsbüttel, Harvestehude)
further stumbling stones in Isestraße 69:
Liesel Abrahamsohn, Johanna Adelheim, Rosalie Blum, Louis Böhm, Gertrud Böhm, Bertha Brach, Hillel Chassel, Irma Chassel, Michael Frankenthal, Erna Gottlieb, Ella Hattendorf, Frieda Holländer, Gertrud Holländer, Henriette Leuschner, Elfriede Löpert, Helene Löpert, Walter Löpert, Ella Marcus, Ernst Maren, Josephine Rosenbaum, Günther Satz, Selma Satz, Else Schattschneider, Gottfried Wolff, Lydia Wolff
Henriette Leuschner, née Blum, born on 16 May 1859 in Hamburg, deported on 15 July 1942 to Theresienstadt, deported further to Treblinka on 29 Sept. 1942
Henry Blum, born on 11 Mar. 1867 in Hamburg, deported on 15 July 1942 to Theresienstadt, deported further to Treblinka on 21 Sept. 1942
The Blum siblings lived with their subtenants, Else Schattschneider and Johanna Adelheim, on the second floor of the house at Isestraße 69. The parents of Henry, Rosalie, and Henriette Blum were Salomon and Pally Blum, née Porges.
Until 1938, Henry Blum worked as an "agent for footwear,” as the entry on his Jewish religious tax (Kultussteuer) file card indicates. Rosalie Blum, a music teacher, gave piano lessons. Henriette Leuschner, née Blum, was widowed. The name of her late husband was August Otto Leuschner.
In 1938, an official by the name of Haenold working on behalf of the foreign currency office at the Chief Finance Administrator (Oberfinanzpräsident) checked the siblings’ financial circumstances and whether in their case there was "danger of absconding:” "As the matter stands, emigration of Blum or his sister is practically impossible. Any smuggling of currency abroad is probably also out of the question under the prevailing circumstances,” he noted.
Henry Blum had worked for his brother, Barthold Blum, as an authorized signatory until 1934. The latter lived in Egypt and was the owner of the Lion & Blum Company with company offices in Port Said and Hamburg. After dissolution of the Hamburg location in 1934, Henry Blum set up his own footwear business, which he was able to manage until 1938 out of the offices of the Edgar Pantaenius Company, located at Hahntrapp 5. On inquiry, Pantaenius assured the official from the foreign currency office that Henry Blum was suffering from angina pectoris and "would hardly get back on his feet again.”
Henry Blum concluded the disclosure of assets he was obliged to provide with the following remarks: "I live with an 80-year-old and a 74-year-old sister, who have combined savings (from piano lessons) of 7,000 RM (reichsmark) but no income. Since I had to give up my gainful employment, it is necessary to live on the capital for as long as it lasts.”
When Henry Blum was treated at the Jewish Hospital for serious bladder and intestinal conditions in 1939, his sister Rosalie had to file an application with the Chief Finance Administrator (Oberfinanzpräsident) asking permission to withdraw the funds from the blocked account to settle the hospital bill.
On 4 Aug. 1940, Rosalie Blum died in Hamburg at the age of 76. Her siblings Henriette and Henry subsequently moved to a retirement home for Jews in Frickestraße. From there they were deported to Theresienstadt.
Separated by a span of eight days, they had to set out on their last journey in Sept. 1942 from Theresienstadt to the Treblinka extermination camp, where they were murdered.
Translator: Erwin Fink
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.
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