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Hulda Süßkind (née Schlachcic) * 1865
Klaus-Groth-Straße 18 (Oben Borgfelde 11) (Hamburg-Mitte, Borgfelde)
further stumbling stones in Klaus-Groth-Straße 18 (Oben Borgfelde 11):
Isaac Süßkind, b. 11.2.1860 in Pinne (Poland), deported to Theresienstadt on 7.15.1942, died there on 8.9.1942
Hulda Süßkind, née Schlachcis, b. 8.31.1865 in Pinne (Poland), deported to Theresienstadt on 7.15.1942, died there on 8.26.1942
Klaus-Groth-Straße 22 (Oben Borgfelde 11)
Isaac Süßkind came with his wife Hulda to Hamburg at the end of the nineteenth century and received citizenship rights in 1897. The couple both came originally from Pinne in the Prussian Province of Posen, where Isaac was born on 2 November 1860 and Hulda, née Schlachcis (also spelled Schachcic) on 31 August 1865. The necessary capital to gain citizenship was earned by Isaac Süsskind as a textiles dealer. He owned a prosperous business for men’s clothing at Steindamm 28 in the St. Georg district. His private dwelling lay two houses further on at no. 24. Here their three children were born, Elfriede on 26 December 1888, Gertrud on 15 April 1890, and Walther on 21 November 1894. The Süsskind family belonged to the German Israelite Congregation and the Orthodox Synagogue Association. Isaac Süsskind presided for many years over the Synagogue Aguddas Esauw at Steindamm 77.
At 20 years of age, on 22 October 1909, Elfriede married the sales representative John Gumprecht, who was born on 9 July 1880, the son of the merchant Meyer Gumprecht and his wife Hanna, née del Monte, who had already died. John Gumprecht took part in the First World War as a reserve soldier [Landsturmmann]. He died from wounds on 9 July 1915 in the Noveant field hospital. On 17 November 1922, Gertrude married the businessman Georg Lenschitzky from Sandersleben who was active in the metals trade. In the following year Wolf, her only son, was born. Walther Süsskind conducted a lampshade business on Steindamm Street. He married the non-Jew Martha Dehde on 30 April 1924. Their marriage produced a daughter. Isaac Süsskind operated his business on the installment plan. He mastered the economic difficulties despite all the losses during the crises of the First World War, the Inflation, and the Depression after 1929. At first the family also lived on Steindamm Street, then moved to Oben Borgfelde 11, to an apartment on the bluffs overlooking Hammerbrook and the Elbe Valley. With the business year 1934–35, Isaac Süsskind completed his 74th year and closed his shop. His tax payments showed no decline in revenues as a result of the boycott of Jewish businesses.
Isaac’s brother, David Süsskind, lived in Berlin and made a fortune there from which he gave each of his nieces, Elfriede and Gertrud, 10,000 RM. Elfriede Gumprecht made herself independent on the basis of a very successful lampshade business in Harburg. Her relationship with Henry Epstein produced a daughter, Hanni.
While their brother and sister and their families emigrated to the USA in 1938, there were no corresponding plans for her or her parents.
Apparently, Isaac and Hulda Süsskind lived from their savings and later from the sale of their household furnishing and jewelry. Upon the introduction of the "security ordinance" in 1939, their income was under 5000 RM. In the national census of May 1939, Elfriede Gumprecht and her daughter Hanni were listed at Borgfelder Strasse 24, a dwelling beneath the bluffs near her parents. Whether she actually lived there is uncertain for she seems to have moved directly from Harburg to Parkalle 6.
From November 1939, she supported her parents with a monthly 45 RM; from July 1941, this contribution was raised to 50 RM. It was transmitted to Isaac Süsskind via the welfare office of the "Reich Association of Jews in Germany." The payments ended with the deportation of Hulda and Isaac Süsskind gave up their dwelling on Borgfelde in 1941 and moved to Hochallee 66. From there they had to move to the "Jew house” at Bogenstrasse 25. They were assigned to the first great transport of the elderly to the Theresienstadt ghetto, which left Hamburg on 15 July 1942. They had no means of purchasing a "contract for a home." Isaac Süsskind died three weeks later, Hulda after 5 weeks, in the inhuman conditions of the ghetto. They were respectively, 81 and 77 years of age.
Elfriede and Hanni Gumprecht survived the ghetto and camp life of Riga. As the Red Army advanced they were moved in 1944 to the Stutthof concentration camp. Elfriede died there on 2 January 1945. Any further trace of Hanni Gumprecht ended there.
Translator: Richard Levy
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.
Stand: January 2019
© Hildegard Thevs
Quellen: 1; 4; 5; 7; StaH, 332-5 Standesämter, (StA 22a) 6633+ 122/1924; 332-7 Staatsangehörigkeitsaufsicht, Bürgerregister 1896–1898, 32837; 351-11 AfW, 021160, 0865; 522-1 Jüdische Gemeinden, 992 e 2, Bd. 4; Abl. 1993, 42, Bd. 2; 872 I–VI.
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