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Heinrich Basch * 1900

Eppendorfer Weg 227 (Hamburg-Nord, Hoheluft-Ost)

JG. 1900

Heinrich Basch, born on 27 Mar. 1900 in Vienna, deported on 8 Nov. 1941 to Minsk

Heinrich Basch was born on 27 Mar. 1900 as the youngest among five sons of the agent Adolf Basch and his wife Helene, née Samuel, in Vienna. When he was four years old, the family moved from Vienna to Hamburg. In 1914, Heinrich Basch left school. Following an apprenticeship, he worked at the Vereinsbank and other banks as an accountant and correspondent. Since 28. Oct. 1924, he was an office clerk at the Hamburg District Court (Amtsgericht).

On 27 July 1933, because of his "non-Aryan” descent the Regional Administration of Justice terminated his employment contract as a public servant effective 31 Aug. based on Sec. 3 of the "Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service” ("Gesetz zur Wiederherstellung des Berufsbeamtentums”) dated 7 Apr. 1933. His brother Josef, two years his senior and also employed as an office clerk at the Hamburg District Court, was dismissed by the Regional Administration of Justice as well; he emigrated to Argentina in July 1936.

What Heinrich Bash did after his dismissal is known in outline only. In Mar. 1936, he moved to Elmshorn; for the registration entry there, he specified as occupations merchant and cabinetmaker. In July 1940, he returned to Hamburg. The anonymity of the big city held out the promise of more protection from hostilities; besides, the city still had a Jewish communal life. In the spring of 1941, when only few Jews lived in Elmshorn any more, the "Reich Association of Jews in Germany” ("Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland”) appointed him head of the "Jewish Religious Association, Israelite Community of Elmshorn” (Jüdische Kultusvereinigung Israelitische Gemeinde Elmshorn). Since he deemed the preservation of the association futile due to the small number of members, he dissolved it in early Apr. with permission from the Chief District Administrator (Regierungspräsident) of Schleswig. In the end, Heinrich Basch was domestic servant at the Jewish rooming house at Hochallee 66.

On the second Hamburg transport, for which he had "volunteered for evacuation” due to reasons unknown, Heinrich Basch was deported to Minsk on 8 Nov. 1941. He did not return from there.

Translator: Erwin Fink
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.

© Heiko Morisse

Quellen: Staatsarchiv Hamburg, 241-1 I Landesjustizverwaltung I, 2210; Staatsarchiv Hamburg, 213-1 Oberlandesgericht-Verwaltung, Abl. 3, 2008 E-1e/1/9; Staatsarchiv Hamburg, 522-1 Jüdische Ge-meinden, 992e 2 Band 2; Staatsarchiv Hamburg, 522-1 Jüdische Gemeinden, Kultussteuerkartei; Harald Kirschninck, Die Geschichte der Juden in Elmshorn 1918-1945, Norderstedt 2005, S. 172-174; Hamburger jüdische Opfer des Nationalsozialismus, Gedenkbuch, Hamburg 1995, S. 20; Onlineversi-on des Gedenkbuchs des Bundesarchivs – Opfer der Verfolgung der Juden unter der nationalsozialis-tischen Gewaltherrschaft in Deutschland 1933-1945; Staatsarchiv Hamburg, 241-1 I Landesjustizver-waltung I, 2219 (zu Josef Basch); Staatsarchiv Hamburg, 351-11 Amt für Wiedergutmachung, 21214 (zu Josef Basch)

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