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Joseph Littmann * 1869

Altonaer Straße 8 (Altona, Sternschanze)

JG. 1869

further stumbling stones in Altonaer Straße 8:
Fanny Littmann

Fanny Littmann, nèe Czeschlak, born 7 Nov. 1875 in Silesia, deported 17 Mar. 1943 from Berlin to the Theresienstadt Ghetto, 18 Dec. 1943 to the Auschwitz Extermination Camp, murdered there
Joseph Littmann, born 17 Nov. 1869 in Brody, Galicia, deported 17 Mar. 1943 from Berlin to the Theresienstadt Ghetto, 18 Dec. 1943 to the Auschwitz Extermination Camp, murdered there

Altonaer Straße 8 (Altonaerstraße 2)

Joseph Littmann was born on 17 November 1869 in Brody, Galicia, which was then a part of Austria. His parents were Issak Littmann, a Jewish merchant, and Rebekka Littmann, née Selony. He was the eldest of four children. His brother Simon Mayer (who later called himself Max) was born in 1970. His sisters Chaje Lea and Hinde Glückl were born in 1875 and 1879. In 1894 the family moved to Hamburg, where Isaak Littmann traded in odd lots and damaged goods.

Joseph Littmann trained as a book-keeper. He married Fanny Tschesljak or Czeschlak, who was from Silesia (born 7 November 1875 in Kieferstädtel, Gleiwitz). The couple lived in Altona, and had four daughters and three sons between 1898 and 1908. After Joseph’s father Isaak Littmann died on 18 May 1896, his mother continued to run the business and moved to an apartment in Altona close to the home of her son and grandchildren. She died in 1907. As was tradition in the family, her eldest son Joseph notified the registry office of her death.

Neither of Joseph’s sisters married. They opened a corset shop at Große Bleichen 66, and lived together at Grindelallee 54. Hinde Glückl died on 26 June 1919. Chaje Lea Clara was finally forced to give up her business, and lived from welfare subsidies from 1930 until her death. She died in 1942 in the Jewish community’s home for the elderly at Laufgraben 37.

In 1918 Joseph Littmann and his family moved from Altona to Altonaerstraße 2 in Hamburg (present-day Altonaer Straße). In November 1932 Joseph and Fanny moved to Berlin, where their son Leo lived. They were deported from Berlin to the Theresienstadt Ghetto on 17 March 1943. Nine months later, on 18 December 1943, they were sent from Theresienstadt to the Auschwitz Extermination Camp, where they were murdered.

Joseph’s brother Mayer Max Littmann, a successful real estate agent, lived in Altona with his wife Minna, née Harrison, a native of Hamburg. They had four daughters. He was forced to give up his business in 1938. He and his wife were deported on 15 July 1942 from the Samuel Levy Trust, a "Jews’ house” at Bundesstraße 35, to Theresienstadt. Mayer Max Littmann died there a few weeks later on 31 August 1942. His wife was sent to Auschwitz on 18 December 1943, on the same transport as Joseph and Fanny Littmann. She was murdered there, along with her brother-in-law and his wife.

Translator: Amy Lee
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.

Stand: April 2018
© Recherche Hildegard Thevs

Quellen: 1; 2 (R 1940/374); 4; 5; 7; AB Hamburg; StaH 213-11, 0489/42; 332-5 Standesämter, 396-824/1896; 589-456/1907; 808-504/1919; 3522-504/1925; 6071-157/1923; 8074-628/1923; 8180-85/1942; StaH 332-8 Meldewesen, A 30 (= 741-4 Fotoarchiv, K 6520, 6818); A 24 Band 360; StaH 351-11 Amt für Wiedergutmachung, 1477, 1655, 17746, 20442, 25415, 27268, 35171; persönliche Mitteilungen von Werner-Herbert Krüger, Enkel, 2007 bis 2014; Biographien für weitere Mitglieder der Familie Littmann siehe Hildegard Thevs,
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