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Cerline Elise Nathan (née Marcus) * 1858
Isestraße 85 (Eimsbüttel, Harvestehude)
Elise Cerline Nathan, née Marcus, born on 14 Dec. 1858 in Berlin, deported on 15 July 1942 to Theresienstadt, deported further on 21 Sept. 1942 to Treblinka
Elise Cerline Nathan was married to Hermann Nathan. The couple had one son: Adolf Nathan. After Hermann Nathan had passed away, his widow Elise Cerline was forced to change accommodations very frequently. She lived on Isestrasse as a subtenant with Kaftanski. From the Jewish religious tax (Kultussteuer) card file emerges that she once worked for Westphalen & Co. Overall, her income was low.
Her son, Dr. Adolf Nathan, ran a lending library. In 1939, he fled with his wife Else Rosa and their daughter to Belgium, planning to emigrate to Cuba, but this failed due to the occupation of Belgium by German troops. Elise Nathan did not see her family again. In a letter to the foreign currency office dated Apr. 1940, she asked for permission to send a hand-sewn sweater to Belgium on the birthday of her granddaughter, Ruth Nathan.
In Oct. 1940, the son, Adolf Nathan, was arrested and interned in the Gurs camp in occupied France, where he died two months later.
In July 1942, Elise Nathan, aged 83 by then, had to set out on the transport to Theresienstadt. Her last residential address in Hamburg was the "Jews’ house” ("Judenhaus”) at Beneckestrasse 6 in the Grindel quarter. In Sept. 1942, she was deported on Transport "Bp-1431” from Theresienstadt to Treblinka. According to information from the Czechoslovakian Red Cross, Transport "Bp-1431” is considered a so-called death transport because fewer than 10 percent of the deportees survived it.
Translator: Erwin Fink
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