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Max Jakob * 1906

Bornstraße 14 (Eimsbüttel, Rotherbaum)

1941 Riga
ermordet 24.3.1945 KZ Buchenwald

further stumbling stones in Bornstraße 14:
Eugen Alexander, Dorit Jakob, Elsa Jakob, Marion Jakob, Frieda Rieper

Max Jakob, born on 27 Oct. 1906, deported on 6 Dec. 1941 to Riga, murdered in the Buchenwald concentration camp on 24 Mar. 1945
Marga Marion Jakob, born on 26 Oct. 1934, deported on 6 Dec. 1941 to Riga
Dorit Rita Jakob, born on 12 Oct. 1935, deported on 6 Dec. 1941 to Riga

Bornstrasse 14, Rotherbaum

Max Jakob was born on 27 Oct. 1906 as the second child of the Jewish parents Willi Jakob and his wife Elsa Anna Alwine, née Löwe, at Bornstrasse 14. (Elsa Jakob was deported to Minsk on 8 Nov. 1941; Willi Jakob was further deported to Buchenwald. See

Max Jakob received a strict religious education and attended the Talmud Tora Realschule [a practice-oriented secondary school up to grade 10] at Grindelhof 30 in Hamburg. After completing his schooling, he worked as a helper and janitor at the Talmud Tora School.

Max Jakob married Lea Frida Bari at Registry Office 3 in Hamburg and lived with her in his parents’ home at Bornstrasse 14. Lea Frida was the first of two children born to the Jewish couple Mendel Max Bari and Hudie Hesi Herta, née Schneider, on 20 Aug. 1909 in Hamburg.

About the childhood of Lea Frida Bari we can report that the family lived in great poverty. The family resided since 1920 in the building erected by Hirsch Berend Oppenheimer in 1907 at Kielortallee 24 in Eimsbüttel. (Oppenheimer had built a five-story house here with two- and three-room apartments and a synagogue. The foundation provided free housing for needy Jewish families. We do not know whether the Bari couple was also eligible for a free apartment or whether they rented one).

Lea Frida Bari and her sister Senta Bari (born 7 Sept. 1910) had been brought up very religiously. The parents paid attention to kosher food. Lea Frida trained as a seamstress, Senta as an office clerk.

Max Jakob and his father Willi Jakob ran the vegetable store at Bornstrasse 14 together. They employed three people to deliver the ordered food. Max hired an employee in 1934 to take care of customers in the store, Gertrud Kerwien, who was non-Jewish. She worked in the store until it closed at the end of 1938.

Max and his wife Lea Frida Jakob had two daughters: On 26 Oct. 1934, Marga Marion was born, and a year later, on 12 Oct. 1935, Dorit Rita, both born at Krohnskamp 34 in Winterhude. The family continued to reside at Krohnskamp 34 until 1936.

On 5 June 1936, Max Jakob joined the Jewish Community of Hamburg.

From 1937 onward, the family lived at An der Alster 37 in the St. Georg quarter, then at Bogenallee 7, and finally at Rutschbahn 38 on the second floor.

On 30 Jan. 1939, Max Jakob took over the debts for his sister-in-law Senta and her husband Szlama Szarf so that the family could emigrate to Ecuador. He obviously did not have any emigration plans of his own.

Lea Frida Jakob died of acute bone marrow inflammation in connection with sepsis on 9 Feb. 1941 in the Jewish Hospital at Johnsallee 68 in Hamburg. She was buried in the Ilandkoppel Jewish Cemetery.

In the same month, Max Jakob had to move with Marga Marion and Dorit Rita to the "Jews’ house” ("Judenhaus”) at Kielortallee 24 in Feb. 1941. This left the family with very little space.

Max Jakob was deported to Riga with Marga Marion and Dorit Rita on 6 Dec. 1941. Marga Marion and Dorit Rita perished there due to the inhuman conditions or they were murdered in "Operation Dünamünde” ("Aktion Dünamünde”).

Max Jakob performed forced labor and he was taken to the Stutthof concentration camp on 9 Aug. 1944, as the Red Army was advancing steadily toward Riga. From there, he was deported to Buchenwald on 13 Aug. 1944. He was murdered in Buchenwald on 24 Mar. 1945.

Details regarding the fate of Max Jakob’s sister:
Irma Jakob (born on 20 Sept. 1904), a trained photographer, was no longer able to pursue her profession. She married non-Jewish Ernst August Karl Maass (born on 12 May 1898) and emigrated with him to the USA.

Translator: Erwin Fink
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.

Stand: May 2021
© Bärbel Klein

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