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Meyer Jelinewski * 1866

Schäferkampsallee 29 (Eimsbüttel, Eimsbüttel)

1943 Theresienstadt
ermordet am 23.8.1943

further stumbling stones in Schäferkampsallee 29:
Dr. Rudolf Borgzinner, Martha Dessen, Heinrich Harth, Margaretha Magnus, Eva Emma Mathiason, Gertrud Stillschweig, Clara Streim, Emma Weiland

Meyer Jelinewski, born on 1 Apr. 1866 in Bialla, deported on 23 June 1943 to Theresienstadt, died there on 23 Aug. 1943

Schäferkampsallee 29

Meyer Jelinewski was already 77 years old and very ill when, on 23 June, he was deported on the 14th Hamburg transport to Theresienstadt, where he died two months later.

He was born on 1 Apr. 1866 in the small town of Bialla in East Prussia (today Biala Piska in Poland). In 1938, the town was renamed Gehlenburg in the course of Germanization. Meyer Jelinewski became a merchant. His parents were Israel and Johanna Jelinewski, née Tucher. He had at least one sister, Eva, who lived in Königsberg (today Kaliningrad in Russia) in about 1940. He came to Hamburg in 1892 at the age of 26. He was married twice. His first wife, whom he divorced, was Anette, née Blitz (born in 1868), and she came from Leer in East Friesland. She died in 1936. In his second marriage, he got married in 1910 to Franziska, née Scheibner, who was born in Altona on 22 Nov. 1876 and non-Jewish.

Since 1910, Meyer Jelinewski lived at Wrangelstrasse 107 on the third floor until he and his wife Franziska were forced to move out of their apartment in Sept. 1942. The couple rented out space to a subtenant. Just how difficult the situation in the apartment house was and how the couple was harassed is also revealed by the fact that the couple was supposed to pay the Nazi caretaker ("Hauswart”) 18 RM (reichsmark) for the air-raid shelter, even though Meyer Jelinewski was unable to reach this room because he could not walk. The application for a reduction was turned down.

In the last years of his life, Meyer Jelinewski was in a very poor state of health. Suffering from a heart condition and partially paralyzed, he was not able to leave the apartment on Wrangelstrasse at all for several years. His wife, in poor health herself, cared for him to the point of exhaustion.

Starting in Dec. 1939, he was dependent on welfare benefits from the Jewish Religious Organization (Jüdischer Religionsverband), as the Jewish Community had to call itself by then. In mid-1941, his medical care was stopped, and he no longer received any health insurance certificates. Since he was tied to the apartment, the couple strove toward someone being allowed to take him out for a walk in the wheelchair from time to time but they were refused this wish as well.

In Sept. 1942, the relevant office turned down the couple’s application to stay in the apartment on Wrangelstrasse. On 17 Sept., Meyer Jelinewski was admitted to the Israelite Hospital. The attending physician was Dr. Wolffson.

It is not known where Meyer’s wife Franziska moved. On the tax file card, an address on Belowdamm appears. It seems that the couple was divorced on 18 Dec. 1942.

With his first wife, Anette, Meyer Jelinewski had a son named Alfred, born in Elmshorn on 14 June 1894. Since Meyer Jelinewski obtained a divorce when his son was still a child, Alfred grew up with his mother in the Grindel quarter. He studied medicine in Freiburg and Rostock, and set himself up as a medical doctor specializing in skin diseases and sexually transmitted diseases in 1921. Later he lived at Eichenstrasse 56 and in 1939, after having been detained for "racial defilement” ("Rassenschande”), he fled from Vlissingen in the Netherlands aboard the "SS Ilsenstein” to New York. Subsequently, he settled in Brooklyn, New York. His Protestant wife Hertha, née Petersen, was able to follow him later with their son.

Translator: Erwin Fink

Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.

Stand: October 2016
© Susanne Lohmeyer

Quellen: 1; 3; 4; 7; StaH 522-1 Band 1, 992n Band 16 Fürsorgewesen Jüdischer Religionsverband Hamburg e.V.;, Zugriff am 15.2.2013; Anna v. Villiez, Mit aller Kraft;, Zugriff am 15.2.2013.

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