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Amalie Gerechter * 1871

Rutschbahn 8 (Eimsbüttel, Rotherbaum)

1941 Riga

further stumbling stones in Rutschbahn 8:
Bernhard Gerechter

Amalie Gerechter, born on 7 Dec. 1871 in Borek/Province of Posen, deported on 6 Dec. 1941 to Riga

Rutschbahn 8

Amalie, also called Amalia, was born on 7 Dec. 1871 in Borek in what was then the Prussian Province of Posen as the daughter of Zalek, also called Betzalel, and Gittel Gerechter, née Jaskulsky. Exactly like her brother Leopold Leib, eleven years her senior, she later learned the tailor’s trade.

In 1890, the Gerechter family moved to Neuer Wall 63/65 in Hamburg and opened a store selling men’s fashion underwear and underwear (Herrenmodewäsche- und Wäschegeschäft) at Wergstrasse 3c together with Lesser Levy. They relocated the store several times, such as to ABC-Strasse 1 in 1901 and eventually to Gerhofstrasse 19.

In the 1930s, Amalie was unemployed and received support from the family. She lived together with her brother and his children at Rutschbahn 8. The Nazi assumption of power in 1933 made it increasingly difficult for the family to lead a financially secure life.
Amalie Gerechter was enlisted to perform forced labor – even though at age 69 she was beyond the age limit for forced labor. Her brother Leopold died on 20 Oct. 1941.

On 6 Dec. of that same year, Amalie was deported along with her nephew Bernhard to the Jungfernhof external concentration camp in Riga, which she did not survive.

Status as of Oct. 2014

Translator: Erwin Fink

Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.

© John S. Will

Quellen: Yad Vashem, Page of Testimony 642680, Amalie Gerechter; StaHH, 522-1 Jüdische Gemeinden, Kultussteuerkartei der Deutsch-Israelitischen Gemeinde Hamburg, 992b Kultussteuerkarte Amalie Gerechter u. Leopold Leib Gerechter; StaHH, 351-11 Amt für Wiedergutmachung, 29260, Gustav Gerechter; StaHH, Aufnahme-Register von 1890–1896 A-H, S. 443 f.; Hamburger Adressbücher 1890–1902; Bundesarchiv, Gedenkbuch, online unter: (Zugriff: 25.7.2014).

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