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John Guggenheim * 1898

Grindelhof 75 (Eimsbüttel, Rotherbaum)

JG. 1898

further stumbling stones in Grindelhof 75:
Lina Guggenheim

John Guggenheim, b. 6.23.1898 in Altona, deported to Minsk on 11.8.1941, murdered
Karolina (Lina) Guggenheim, née Mannheimer, b. 3.15.1888 in Himmelstadt, deported to Minsk on 11.8.1941, murdered

Grindelhof 75

John Guggenheim was born in Altona, the child of the bookkeeper Carl (also Kajim) Guggenheim (b. 24. March 1844) and his wife Amalie, née Löwenstein (b. 20 May 1859). His father came from Tingen in Baden. The family probably moved to Hamburg prior to World War I, because from 1913 on, his father payed the Communal Religion Tax to the Jewish Congregation there. The Guggenheims lived in the Grindel quarter, as indicated by the addresses Dillstrasse 9 and Papendamm 4. John Guggenheim was a trainee with the Dresdner Bank and later worked as a commercial clerk. His father died in 1933. In 1935, John was jobless. He had to change residences frequently; the address field on his Communal Religion Tax form was pasted over; the only legible address was his last one, a sublet with Dobriner at Grindelhof 75, Haus E.

On 7 April 1940, he married the woman who was his sub-lessor, the widowed Lina Dobriner, née Mannheimer. She came from Himmelstadt am Main and was one of seven children of the cattle dealer Gideon Mannheimer and his wife Babette, née Freimark. Her father, according to a report in the newspaper, Der Israelit, dated 17 November 1892, "in consequence of a suddenly appearing mental disorder had to be taken to the Werneck County Mental Asylum,” where approximately 14 days later, "death delivered him from his torments.” The family was suddenly penniless, so that the responsible Jewish Congregation had to ask for donations to support them.

Lina Mannheimer, as a young woman, had worked as a clerk in the wine wholesaling business, Mannheimer Brothers, founded by her brothers Isak and Lazarus. Later she moved to Cologne and then to Hamburg where she had married Leopold Dobriner (b. 3 October 1885 in Hamburg). The couple was apparently employed in the dry goods wholesale house L. Wagner at Elbstrasse 70-84 (in the New City, today Neanderstrasse), he as a commercial employee and she probably as a salesperson. They lived in a garden apartment at Grindelhof 75, Haus E, in which John Guggenheim was later a sub-lessee. Their marriage was childless.

Leopold Dobriner died on 19 June 1936.

It is likely that John Guggenheim and Lina Dobriner also got to know one another at the Wagner firm. John’s last employer is not legible on his Communal Religion Tax form; it could, however, be the Wagner firm. John and Lina Guggenheim continued to live at Grindelhof 75. On 8 November 1941, they had to board a deportation train to Minsk, whereupon all trace of them was lost.

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

© Ulrike Sparr

Quellen: 1; 4; 5; Orfix-Plan von Hamburg, Altona, Wandsbek und nächster Umgebung mit Anhang Elbgemeinden, bearb. von A. Nüsse, Hamburg, Orfix-Verlag Paul Hartung, ohne Jahr (ca. 1925 ); Hamburger Adressbuch 1928–1941; Alemannia Judaica (Hrsg.): Himmelstadt.
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