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Minna Cohen (née Strellnauer) * 1872
Susannenstraße 4 (Altona, Sternschanze)
Minna Cohen, née Strellnauer, born 1 Feb. 1872 in Putzig, deported 18 Nov. 1941 to Minsk
Julius Strellnauer, born 20 Sep. 1876 in Finkenwalde, deported 18 Nov. 1941 to Minsk
Therese Zwy Strellnauer, née Hoffmann, born 7 Oct. 1871 in Aurich, deported 18 Nov. 1941 to Minsk
Susannenstraße 4 (Heinrich-Dreckmannstraße 4)
Minna and Julius Strellnauer were the children of Meyer (Max, Mordechai) and Cäcilie (Rosalie) Strellnauer, née Rewaldt (Rewald, Rewalt). Julius and his wife Therese moved to Susannenstraße 4 in November 1902. Therese’s parents were Zwi Meier and Sophie Hoffmann, née Cossen.
Julius and Therese had their first child, Max, in 1903, and their second, Sofie, in 1904. Max attended the Talmud Tora School from 1910 to 1919. He had good grades in all subjects except singing. According to school records, his father Julius was not a member of the German-Israelitic Community. Julius Strellnauer was an insurance agent and inspector for the Stettiner National Insurance Society. He worked at the Froehlich & Roll agency in Hamburg for 25 years. His position allowed him a life in "financially well-off circumstances” – according to the application for restitution submitted by his son Max. In 1937 or 1938, Julius was forced to "leave the company because of his racial heritage,” but the family was able to support itself from his pension.
Until he emigrated in July 1939, Max lived with his non-Jewish wife Helene, née Schmidt, and their children Julius and Sophie with his parents on Heinrich-Dreckmannstraße. The young family emigrated to Bolivia "after they lost their livelihood,” and settled in La Paz. The unaccustomed climate and altitude caused Max severe health problems, and he died in 1955. His sister Sofie followed her husband Hans Stahl to Bolivia via Paris. He had been "held in the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp from 20 June 1928 until early September 1938 because of his Jewish race, and released under the condition that he leave Germany within 30 days.”
Little is known about Minna Cohen’s life. Around 1930 she was living with her brother at Susannenstraße 4. In the same year Aron Cohen (*30 March 1866) was also living there. He was the father of Richard Cohen, whose wife and children were also deported to Minsk on 18 November 1941. It is unclear as to what the family relationship was between Minna and Aron Cohen. By 1933, Minna was widowed and was supported financially by Julius. The family continued to share their residence with other persons. Albert Löb moved in in September 1939, followed by Hermann Borchardt in June 1941. Both men were deported to Minsk on the same day as Therese and Julius Strellnauer and Minna Cohen. None survived.
See also: entries for Hermann Borchardt, Albert Löb, and the Cohen family.
Translator(s): Amy Lee
Translation kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg
© Christiane Jungblut
Quellen: 1; 2; 4; 5; AB 1938, 1939 T. 1; StaH 332-8 Meldewesen A51/1, K 2516; StaH 351-11 AfW, Abl. 2008/1, 200703 Strellnauer, Max; StaH 351-11 AfW, Abl. 2008/1, 131004 Stahl, Sofie; StaH 362-6/10 Talmud-Tora-Schule, TT 19; StaH 522-1 Jüd. Gemeinden, 992 e 1 Band 3; StaH 522-1 Jüd. Gemeinden, 390 Wählerliste 1930.
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(2) Bundesarchiv Berlin, R 1509 Reichssippenamt, Ergänzungskarten der Volkszählung vom 17. Mai 1939