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2012.1.511

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Letter

Date

2-28-1940

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A typewritten letter on thin paper. Includes several underlined lines and handwritten notes.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: One of two documents (2012.1.510 & 2012.1.511) relating to German Jewish couple: Georg and Hedwig Hirschfeld. Georg Hirschfeld was a well-known author who lived in Munich. The couple sold their house to a German named Gottschalk. After the house was sold, the Hirschfelds were unable to find a flat due to the Nazi law involving "tenacies with Jews." Mrs. Hirschfeld tried everything to get an accommodation for herself and her husband. She finally tried to get an accommodation in a summer house through a German allotment club. This first letter is a very kind response by a German to Mrs. Hirschfeld. This second letter was written by Mrs. Hirschfeld to Gottschalk. A translation follows:

Dear Mrs. Gottschalk, Dear Mr. Gottschalk,

Herewith I send you the letters which I received by the allotment club. I couldn't send them earlier. Because I was pretty sick and it is even difficult for me to move or do any physical work. Unfortunately it is totally hopeless to get one or two empty rooms. So I have to continue to search. My husband is already signed out from here, because they will keep him at the hospital. He is not able to live outside, because of his sick heart. My self I have no change to come into question with the Jewish Housing Agency, because due to the law, I do not belong to the Jewish Unit of Germany. Therefore I also don't have maternity rights. This law changed, because of the martial law. It is not allowed to get homeless and I don't want to dump my furniture.

I don't understand, why you avoided an open debate before the war with me and my husband. I tell you that, because you lowered the price for the house and you ruined us totally. Unfortunately, I more and more don't understand the people of my enviornment. Since one year now, we get chased around and all agitate against us. How to take responsibility for this in front of God--I don't know it!

Hedwig Hirschfeld Hassel.

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

Georg Hirschfeld, Hedwig Gottschalk Hirschfeld, Munich, Tenacies, Jews, Ghetto, Litzmannstadt

Georg and Hedwig Hirschfeld Letter

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