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Emilie Löwenstein * 1875

Papenhuder Straße 27 (Hamburg-Nord, Uhlenhorst)

JG. 1875

Emilie Löwenstein, born on 19 Apr. 1875, deported on 15 July 1942 to Theresienstadt, deported further on 21 Sept. 1942 to Treblinka

Papenhuder Strasse 27

One of three siblings, Emilie Löwenstein was born in Uelzen. His parents, Jacob and Cecilie, née Esberg, had another two children, Carl and Selma.

After the death of Jacob Löwenstein, the family moved to a smaller apartment. In the early 1920s, Cecilie Löwenstein passed away as well, and the siblings, having lived together until then, moved out of their joint apartment.

In 1929, Emilie Löwenstein decided to go to Hamburg to live and work there. She found a small apartment at Papenhuder Strasse 27, residing there until 1935. At the department store of the Alsberg Brothers, Emilie Löwenstein found a job as a sales assistant, rising to become a purchaser. As a result, she earned a good income and managed to provide for herself without any problems. Emilie Löwenstein did not marry or start a family. Her nephew Julius Neuhaus later recalled his aunt’s appearance: "She was always dressed fashionably and elegantly, wearing valuable jewelry, some of which she had inherited from her mother.”

In 1935, Emilie Löwenstein retired and thus her financial means also changed. From her small pension, she was just able to cover the rent. Moreover, in 1935, she was forced to move out of her apartment and look for a new home. Until 1939, she lived at nearly half a dozen different addresses, before eventually finding accommodation at Bornstrasse 22, in a so-called "Jews’ house” ("Judenhaus”).

On 15 July 1942, Emilie Löwenstein was deported to the Theresienstadt Ghetto and then, in September of that same year, deported further to the Treblinka extermination camp. There she was murdered in a gas chamber. Her siblings Carl and Selma Löwenstein also perished in the Holocaust.

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

Stand: March 2017
© Carmen Smiatacz

Quelle: 1; 4; 5; 7; 8; StaHH 351-11, AfW, Abl. 2008/1, 19.04.75 Löwenstein, Emilie; Juth: Bornstraße 22, S. 97.
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