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Moritz Asser * 1899
Nobistor 28 (ENDO-Klinik) (Altona, Altona-Altstadt)
further stumbling stones in Nobistor 28 (ENDO-Klinik):
Moritz Asser, born on 24.1.1899 in Altona, 1939-1941 imprisoned in the concentration camp Fuhlsbüttel, deported on 8.11.1941 to the ghetto Minsk, murdered
Ingeborg Asser, born on 6.1.1910 in Hamburg, deported on 24.3.1943 to the Theresienstadt ghetto, further deported to the Auschwitz extermination camp on 15.5.1944, further deported to the Stutthof concentration camp, murdered
Nobistor 28/ENDO Clinic (Große Bergstraße 9), Altona-Altstadt
The siblings Moritz and Ingeborg Asser were born to Leo Asser and his wife Veronika, née Sommer. The father, born on September 29, 1869, run a product trade (scrap metal trade) in Altona; the family's home and the warehouse for the sale of scrap iron were located at Große Bergstraße 9. Their paternal grandfather, Moses Asser, was already from Altona, where he had been born in 1838.
Moritz and Ingeborg Asser had three other siblings: Karoline, born on October 22, 1895, Erna, born on July 6, 1897, and Alfred, born on February 26, 1902.
After the death of his father in 1915 - he was buried in the Jewish cemetery on Bornkampsweg - his mother married Max Wolff, a merchant, in her second marriage.
Moritz Asser became a commercial agent. In 1939 he was arrested in Fuhlsbüttel prison. On February 2, 1940, the Hamburg Regional Court sentenced him to two years and six months in prison for "racial defilement." He was alleged to have entered into a "marriage-like relationship" with a non-Jewish prostitute whom he had met in Mannheim. He had provided her with an apartment and work in Hamburg. In 1937, he had dissolved the relationship after a marriage license had become illusory because of the Nuremberg Laws from 1935 and the so-called "Blutschutzgesetz” had made extramarital relationships between Jewish and non-Jewish partners punishable by imprisonment.
It is not known whether Moritz Asser served his prison sentence, whether he was released briefly and then immediately deported.
On November 8, 1941, he was deported to the Minsk ghetto, where he was murdered.
In 1998, the German Bundestag overturned all sentences for "racial defilement."
His sister Ingeborg Asser was deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto on March 24, 1943, from there to Auschwitz with another transport on May 15, 1944, and was further deported to the Stutthof concentration camp, where she died.
The brother Alfred Asser had a secret relationship with Ella Eckstein, born in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which resulted in the illegitimate birth of their son Ralf in 1935. In the same year, Alfred Asser, who went to sea as a ship's engineer, emigrated via the Italian overseas port of Trieste to Haifa, Palestine.
His sister Erna Asser married Henry Steinberg and gave birth to two children, Irmgard and Rolf, in 1923 and 1924. After her early death in 1927, Henry Steinberg took his sister-in-law Karoline, née Asser, as his wife in his second marriage. On August 21, 1929, their son Kurt was born.
Henry, Karoline and Kurt Steinberg were deported to the Lodz ghetto with the first large transport of Hamburg Jews on October 25, 1941. Henry Steinberg died there in his first year, and mother and son were deported to the Auschwitz extermination camp when the ghetto was dissolved in July 1944, where Karoline Steinberg was murdered in the gas.
15-year-old Kurt, who posed as a 17-year-old and survived as forced laborer his incarceration in the Auschwitz, Mauthausen and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. After the war, he emigrated to England under the name Curtis Stanton and later settled with his family in Brazil.
There are Stolpersteine for Henry and Karoline Steinberg at Hirtenstraße 55 in Hamburg-Hamm.
Translation by Beate Meyer
Stand: February 2022
© Birgit Gewehr
Quellen: 1; 4; 5; 8; StaH 213-11 Staatsanwaltschaft Landgericht – Strafsachen, 1024; StaH 241-1 I Justizverwaltung I, 10357 (= 741-4 Fotoarchiv, A 251); Gespräch mit Ralf Bollhorn, Neffe, 19.5.2015; Biografien zu Karoline und Henry Steinberg von Hildegard Thevs, siehe www.stolpersteine.hamburg.de.
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