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Margarethe Voss (née Rosenthal) * 1895

Isestraße 96 (Eimsbüttel, Harvestehude)

1941 Minsk

further stumbling stones in Isestraße 96:
Max Dreifus, Blanka Dreifus, Selma Schlesinger, Gertrud Singer, Lot Voss, Uri Voss

Margarethe Voss, née Rosenthal, born 2/10/1895 in Sonnenwalde, deported to Minsk on 11/8/1941
Lot Voss, born 1/27/1890 in Posen, deported to Minsk on 11/8/1941
Uri Voss, born 2/9/1928 in Hamburg, deported to Minsk on 11/8/1941
Isestraße 96

Under the name Fritz Voss, which he bore until 1938, Lot Voss owned a furniture store with an attached department for goods bought in one lot. The main store was in Johannisbollwerk, a branch in Dietmar-Koel-Strasse.

Fritz Voss was born in then Prussian Posen (now Polish: Poznan), his wife Margarethe came from Sonnenwalde in eastern Brandenburg. Having lived in Vorsetzen and in Joahnnisbollwerk, the company headquarters, they had to move to Isestrasse in 1939 – their business had been "aryanized” After the takeover by a trustee, who precisely documented the procedure, it was sold at a price far below its assessed actual value. From the proceeds, Lot(har) Voss, as he now called himself, had to pay back taxes and the levy on Jewish assets that had been imposed on all Jews.

The little remaining capital was placed under a "security order”. From October 1938, Lot Voss was allowed to withdraw 475 RM per month for himself and his family, including his 77-year-old mother who lived with them.

For the applications he had to make to the Chief Finance Administration for the approval of extra expenses, he used his former business stationery, from which he cut off the letterhead. The trustee, in contrast, brazenly kept using the original paper with the impressive company logo.

In January 1940, the family made efforts to emigrate to Chile and got certain relevant expenses approved. By the end of the year, however, these hopes had shattered.

Lot Voss found a job as a manual laborer and made 30 to 39 RM per week. With impressive correctness, he withdrew that much less from his account. Nonetheless, he was told that he was not allowed to receive his wages in cash. Instead, his employer was to pay Lot’s wages into his blocked account. By May 1941, his remaining capital had melted away so far that the security order was repealed.

With their modest income, probably not even augmented by subletting, because all income had to be paid into the blocked account, the family lived in Isestrasse until the fall of 1941. On November 8th, they boarded the deportation train for Minsk. Since then, Lot, Margarethe and Uri Voss are rated as missing. We do not know when they died.

Translated by Peter Hubschmid
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.

Stand: March 2019
© Christa Fladhammer

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