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Isaak Eduard Falck * 1905

Wilstorfer Straße 46 (Harburg, Harburg)

JG. 1905

Isaak Eduard Falck, born on 21.7.1905 in Harburg, deported on 3.3.1944 from camp Westerbork to Auschwitz extermination camp, murdered.

Wilstorfer Straße 46, Harburg

Isaak Eduard Falck was born as the son of the Jewish owner of a household goods store Ferdinand Falck and his wife shortly before the incorporation of the village Lauenbruch into the city of Harburg. Wilstorfer Straße, where the family lived on the corner of Krummholzberg, led past the Harburg Phoenixwerke, the city's major employer, even then, and connected the city center with the Wilstorf district.

In 1929, Isaak Falck married Johanna Dame (*Febr 2, 1913) from the Netherlands and moved to Amsterdam with her, where their son Henk was born on Sept 1, 1935.

When the Netherlands was occupied by German troops on May 10, 1940, without a declaration of war, the persecution of the Jewish population living there also began. One of the first measures involved the dismissal of all Jews from public service. In the weeks and months that followed, the chain of further anti-Jewish decrees and laws did not break.

In the spring of 1942, the German occupiers intensified their preparations for the deportation of Dutch Jews. In Westerbork, they expanded the previous refugee camp into a central Jewish collection and transit camp. In the summer of 1942, the first Jewish inmates boarded a train bound for an extermination camp in the east. In total, more than 107,000 Jews were deported from Westerbork to the East over the next two years. Only about 5000 of them survived and returned.

Isaak Falck was not among them. He was taken to the Westerbork transit camp on February 5, 1944, and from there, on March 3, 1944, he and 731 other Jews were transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. The exact circumstances of his death are unclear.

Translation by Beate Meyer
Stand: January 2022
© Klaus Möller

Quellen: Hamburger jüdische Opfer des Nationalsozialismus. Gedenkbuch, Jürgen Sielemann, Paul Flamme (Hrsg.), Hamburg 1995; Gedenkbuch. Opfer der Verfolgung der Juden unter der nationalsozialistischen Gewaltherrschaft in Deutschland 1933–1945, Bundesarchiv (Hrsg.), Koblenz 2006; Yad Vashem. The Central Database of Shoa Victims´ Names:; Harburger Opfer des Nationalsozialismus, Bezirksamt Harburg (Hrsg.), Hamburg 2003; Herinnerungscentrum Kamp Westerbork; Helms-Museum, Harburger Adressbücher; Danuta Czech, Kalendarium der Ereignisse im Konzentrationslager Auschwitz-Birkenau 1939–1945, Reinbek 1989.

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