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Wilhelm Samson * 1875
Schlüterstraße 22 (Eimsbüttel, Rotherbaum)
further stumbling stones in Schlüterstraße 22:
Lothar Bauer, Jolanthe Fromm, Leo Lesser Jacobsohn, Bianca Wolff, Alfred Wolff
Wilhelm Samson, born on 2 Aug. 1875, deported on 6 Dec. 1941 to Riga
Wilhelm Samson lived with his wife Betty on Breitenfelder Strasse. The couple had a small fortune, which was put under "security order” ("Sicherungsanordnung”). They were forced to pay approx. 8,600 RM (reichsmark) in a "levy on Jewish assets” ("Judenvermögensabgabe”), and from Jan. 1940 onward, they were allowed to spend only 300 RM a month on themselves. While Wilhelm Samson’s brother had emigrated to Uruguay and his son Alfred to South Africa, Wilhelm Samson stayed in Hamburg. Perhaps his plans for emigration failed or perhaps he did not wish to leave his hometown.
On 25 June 1941, Betty Samson passed away, and Wilhelm Samson moved as a subtenant to Grindelallee 153 with Adolf. At the time he received the deportation order, he occupied a room at Schlüterstrasse 22 with Wolff.
After the deportation, the Heinrich Schopman Company auctioned off his household effects, which earned the German Reich net proceeds amounting to a mere 86.48 RM. According to the regulations the Reich Security Main Office (Reichssicherheitshauptamt) issued for deportations in each instance, Wilhelm Samson should not have been deported to Riga because he had already passed the maximum age set for this transport, 65 years. In accordance with the ruling of the Hamburg District Court (Amtsgericht) in 1953, he was declared officially dead as of "late 1945.”
Translator: Erwin Fink
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.
Stand: January 2019
© Beate Meyer
Quellen: StaH, 522-1, Jüdische Gemeinden, 992b, Kultussteuerkartei der Deutsch-Israelitischen Gemeinde Hamburgs; ebd., 314-15 Oberfinanzpräsident, R 1940/53; Wolfgang Scheffler/Diana Schulle (Hrsg.), Buch der Erinnerung. Die ins Baltikum deportierten deutschen, österreichischen und tschechoslowakischen Juden, Bd. II, München 2003; Amt f. Wiedergutmachung 0208 75; Hamburger jüdische Opfer des Nationalsozialismus. Gedenkbuch, Hamburg 1995.