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Albert von Halle * 1876

Neanderstraße , links neben der Hausnr. 35 (Hamburg-Mitte, Neustadt)

JG. 1876

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Rosa von Halle

Albert von Halle, born on 8 Mar. 1876 in Hamburg, deported to Riga-Jungfernhof on 6 Dec. 1941
Rosa von Halle, née Löwenthal, born on 5 Mar. 1876 in Berlin, deported to Riga-Jungfernhof on 6 Dec. 1941

Neanderstrasse, to the left in front of house number 35 (Elbstrasse 123)

Rosa Löwenthal and Albert von Halle had married in Hamburg on 29 Nov. 1900. Their families had been neighbors on former Elbstrasse. Albert’s parents, the "lottery collector” Martin von Halle (born on 11 June 1841, died on 12 Feb. 1928) and his wife Ledica, née de Lemos (born in 1841, died on 25 Jan. 1890), already lived at 3. Elbstrasse 24 (from 1900 Elbstrasse 123, today Neanderstrasse) when their son was born. The ancestors of his mother Ledica were Sephardic Jews who had been expelled from the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the sixteenth century because of their faith.

Rosa Löwenthal was born in Berlin at Wadzeckstrasse 20. Her father David Löwenthal (born in 1850, died on 12 Nov. 1903) had earned his living as a "trading man” ("Handelsmann”). He had been born as the son of the tradeswoman Henriette Löwenthal in Greifenhagen. Her mother Karoline/Keile, née Simon (born on 4 July 1845, died on 29 Sept. 1925), was a native of Grätz. The Löwenthal family lived at 2. Elbstrasse 9 (from 1900, Elbstrasse 74; today Neanderstrasse).

Albert von Halle was a master glazier and had been running his own business on Elbstrasse since 1899. Rosa was a dressmaker. Their first child, daughter Lilli, was born on 3 Sept. 1901. She received her second first name Ledica after her grandmother, who died in 1890. Sister Henriette was born on 27 Feb. 1903. Albert von Halle was drafted in Aug. 1915 and took part in the First World War until 1918. After the war, he worked as a glazier again.

Daughter Henriette, who was called Henny, began an apprenticeship as a hairdresser after school and married the non-Jewish master baker Arnold Blaesing (born on 9 July 1903) from Wilhelmsburg on 26 Sept. 1929. The young couple first lived with Henriette’s parents, and in 1933, they moved to Kurzestrasse 8 (today Kurze Strasse). Arnold Blaesing trained as a glazier and passed an additional master examination. In 1937, Albert von Halle accepted his son-in-law as a partner in his company, and on 13 Mar. 1939, he was entered in the register of qualified craftsmen. As Henriette and Arnold Blaesing reported in the context of their restitution proceedings, after the Nazi party took power, party functionaries urged the owners of "Aryan” stores, through propaganda and visits to their company premises, to stop giving orders to Jewish company owners. By the mid-1930s, Henriette’s father could only earn an income through orders from the property administration of the German-Israelitic Community. In 1939, after 40 years of business activities, Albert von Halle was forced to "withdraw” from business life. Arnold Blaesing took over the succession and the care of his parents-in-law. In the same year, Albert and Rosa von Halle were ordered by the Gestapo to give up their apartment and they were quartered in the Lazarus-Gumpel-Stift, a residential home located at Schlachterstrasse 47, house 5, where the couple lived in cramped conditions. Shortly after the forty-first wedding anniversary, the Halle couple received their deportation order for 6 Dec. 1941 to Riga. The sister of their son-in-law, Gertrud Nolte, née Blaesing, came to say goodbye to them and later reported on "great psychological worries regarding the deportation.” Henriette accompanied her parents as far as Moorweide to bid them farewell. Lilli could not say see her parents off due to illness. However, from her father she received one last message, which he sent during the transport from Berlin; after that, all traces of Albert and Rosa von Halle disappear.

Arnold Blaesing was drafted into the German Navy in 1941 and discharged the following year as "unworthy of military service” because of his Jewish wife. In Feb. 1943, he was ordered by the Gestapo to give up the glazier’s shop. The workshop on Thielbek had already been bombed out. Arnold Blaesing, like Fritz Spradau, the husband of his sister-in-law Lilli, was obliged to do forced labor as a "person interrelated to Jews” ("jüdisch Versippter"). For the construction authority, he carried out clean-up work in the Hamburg rubble areas, doing to under life-threatening conditions.

His sister-in-law Lilli had married the glazier Fritz Spradau (born on 23 July 1898) on 18 Oct. 1923 and lived at Sophienallee 44 in Hamburg-Eimsbüttel, also in a so-called "mixed marriage” ("Mischehe”). Henriette Blaesing and Lilli Spradau were to be deported to Theresienstadt shortly before the end of the war, in Feb. 1945 for "external labor deployment,” but both sisters were unfit for transport due to poor health.

Albert von Halle’s siblings were also deported and murdered. His sister Auguste von Halle (born on 8 Dec. 1877) arrived from Sedanstrasse 23 in Theresienstadt on 15 July 1942 and from there in Auschwitz on 15 May 1944.

Albert’s brother Felix von Halle (born on 19 Apr. 1885), a typesetter, was already deported to the Minsk Ghetto on 8 Nov. 1941. A Stolperstein at Schulterblatt 84 commemorates him (see Stolpersteine in Hamburg-St. Pauli).

The oldest brother, Mordechai/Max von Halle (born on 4 Sept. 1871), died on 7 Apr. 1939 in Hamburg and did not experience the deportation of his siblings as well that of his wife Jenny and daughter Lissy Ledica von Halle (see corresponding entry) anymore.

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

Stand: May 2020
© Susanne Rosendahl

Quellen: 1; 6; 9; StaH 332-5 Standesämter 1880 u 1237/1876; StaH 332-5 Standesämter 13561 u 2339/1901; StaH 332-5 Standesämter 2946 u 1242/1900; StaH 332-5 Standesämter 521 u 1766/1903; StaH 332-5 Standesämter 898 u 393/1925; StaH 332-5 Standesämter 8093 u 70/1928; StaH 332-5 Standesämter 273 u 256/1890; StaH 351-11 AfW 3121 (von Halle, Rosa); StaH 351-11 AfW 3124 (von Halle, Albert); StaH 351-11 AfW 24339 (Spradau, Lilli); StaH 351-11 AfW 21344 (Spradau, Fritz); StaH 351-11 AfW 26879 (Blaesing, Arnold); StaH 351-11 AfW 27940 (Blaesing, Henriette); StaH 314-15 Abl. 1998 H729; Jungblut/Ohl-Hinz: Stolpersteine, S. 192; Meyer: Verfolgung, S. 79–87.
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