Tacheles*

Tacheles* blog for more common sense and less anti-Semitism

* Speak openly and clearly, to speak in plain terms, from Yiddish

The Editors

We are a student group consisting of 8 – 10 students under the guidance of Anja Listmann. We are all studying at the Winfriedschule in Fulda and study the Jewish history in Fulda. We are working on various projects and campaigns primarily to keep the memory of the victims of the Holocaust alive. In particular we have focused on the deportees from Fulda after 1938.

In the future, this blog should not only document our projects, but also be designed as a blog spot about Jewish life in Germany yesterday and today.

David

Age: 16


REASONS FOR PARTICIPATION
In order for the events to never repeat themselves and that there will never be the case that this happens again in the future.

MOTIVATION
To enlighten others about what happened so that there is no prejudice.
To show the bereaved and relatives that there are still people who remember what happened and are committed to prevent it from happening again.

Alexandra

Age: 15

REASONS FOR PARTICIPATION
I was always very interested in history. That‘s why I was so interested in the project, especially as I‘ve never heard of the many Jewish people which live in Fulda. Moreover, it was important to me to learn more about the city I live in.

GOALS
It is important to not forget the past and to learn from it. In order to achieve this, it is important to informe people about it. And not only about numbers or facts but about the way to many fates behind these datas. With my participation in the project I want to achieve a common knowledge about not seeing the Holocaust as numbers but as many faces and fates.

Ronja

Age: 15Interests: everything that has to do with sports, reading, this group and my friends

REASONS FOR PARTICIPATION
I joined this group almost solely out of interest. But I also wanted to learn what I am able to do against racism and exclusion. But now, these reasons have turned into something much bigger – I have met new people with the same intentions and views as me with whom I can talk about different topics with.

I enjoy this cooperation with people who want to achieve the same as me. I also believe it is important to remember the victims of the past and to learn from it in order to do better in the future. For these reasons I am here.

Leonard

Age: 15

REASONS FOR PARTICIPATION
The topic of Judaism and especially the Shoah has always been of particular interest to me, which is why I wanted to know more about the subject. In addition, it is important and interesting for me to come into contact with the people who experienced all this.

However, I found another component, namely that of commemoration, to be the most important for me, as this hopefully also helps to bring more tolerance into society.

Laura-Marie

Age: 15


REASONS FOR PARTICIPATION
That the past shall not be forgotten in the future and today’s Anti-Semitism comes to an end
Spreading awareness about prejudices and discriminations in society
Remembering and honouring the people who were murdered and deported

MOTIVATION
Having the chance to be a part of an incredible project
To spare a thought of the people who are facing injustice and inequality daily because of discrimination and prejudices and to fight for them
To learn more about Jewish history within Fulda

Leni

Age: 15Besides my passion for this project I am also very interested in art, culture and languages.

REASONS FOR PARTICIPATION
The reasons behind me joining this group were my already existing interest in history, especially this particular chapter of it. Other than that, the rise of racism and assaults with Anti-Semitic motives led to me engaging more with this topic. Finally, I came to realise how insufficient the commemoration is in my home town.

MOTIVATION
That’s why I decided to join this group – in order to inform myself and to engage with other adolescents concerning this topic. However, this isn‘t my only motivation to stay in the group anymore – the cooperation with people of the same age as me who are sharing my interests means a lot to me and is very inspirational!

Emma

Age: 16

REASONS FOR PARTICIPATION
The topic of Anti-Semitism has always interested me. The project offers a lot of opportunities to get involved and get in touch with special people and learn more about their histories and fates.

GOALS
It is important that the events that happened in the past are not forgotten and that people deal more with the topic of present-day Anti-Semitism and racism.

Historical map

Find out whether Jewish families lived on your street. We show the places where Jewish families lived in Fulda from 1933 to 1942.
(Letters A – L; is constantly updated)

What is actually …

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Joe Hess about the Kindertransport

On Thursday, the 11th February, we all had the opportunity to virtually meet Joe Hess, a survivor of the Holocaust from Fulda. Joe Hess, born as Josef, was born in 1932 in Fulda and managed to flee, together with his sister, to Great Britain. 1948 he and his siter emigrated to the USA, where they both still live until this day. In 1955, Joe received the message of his father‘s survival despite him becoming a prisoner of war after surviving multiple camps. Consequently, he and his father reunited in Fulda.

Life stories

Read the touching and moving stories of the Jewish families in Fulda.

Family Bachenheimer

“The bakery was still a going business, although they only had Jewish customers. Actually it was really more of a cafe in that they not only produced their own baked goods but also served light meals. Maybe it was the only kosher restaurant in Fulda.”

Erich Gruenebaum, nephew from Bernhard and Mathilde Bachenheimer, summer, 1937

Family Braunold

A listing from 1949, made by Josef Braunold, shows that the family also owned antiques that were in the possession of his parents at least until his flight to the safety of England. After their deportation, these furnishings were appropriated by the Vonderau Museum in Fulda and remained in their possession until February 6, 1946, when the antiques were handed over to the Jewish cultural/religious community.

Family Eschwege

“In the morning of Kristallnacht, 9/11/1938, we were sent home from school. There was an atmosphere of scariness among all the Jews. That evening the Germans set fire to most of Germany`s synagogues, and also our synagogue.  The Jewish school was subject to vandalism but was not burned.

Benjamin Eschwege

Family Herbstmann

“My grandmother, Erna, always spoke dearly of growing up in Fulda. They were happy times for the family. Having moved when she was only a few months old, she considered herself German and a Fuldaer; German is the language she learned to speak and in which she received all her formal education.

Claudia Zimmer, granddaughter of Erna Leistner, née Herbstmann

Family Kamm

Rachel recalls that as a pretty young girl with blond hair, she was asked to participate in the religious Wallfahrten procession. Because she attended a Christian school as a young girl in Fulda, the nuns may not have distinguished between Jewish and Christian children participating in this ritual, or perhaps did not know that she was Jewish.

An Interview with Ethan Bensinger, Rachels son)

Family Loebenberg

Adolf Loebenberg was born March 4, 1877 in Fulda. He was married twice and worked first in a bank. Later he began to work for an electronic company.

In 1920 the family bought a farm with horses and cows near Hannover which was confiscated by the Germans in 1933.

After Adolf and his second wife Lina Loebenberg moved to Hamburg, they were later deported from there to Riga Jungfernhof, where they were murdered.

Reading broadens the mind

Here you will find thoughtful, instructive, unknown and also amusing things.

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Menachem & Fred: Thoughts and Memories of Two Brothers
Menachem & Fred: Thoughts and Memories of Two Brothers
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We don’t forget: birthdays in April

As a group, we would like to remember the murdered people in particular on their birthdays. With many victims we do not know when they were torn from life, but on a birthday we can think specifically of this one person and show him or her and the families that this person has not been forgotten.

For this reason we label a stone with the name and the birthday. Sometimes we’re even lucky enough to have a photo of the person so we can look into his and her eyes.

Isaak Blumenthal
Isaak Blumenthal
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Rosa Rosskopf
Rosa Rosskopf
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Julie Gruenberg
Julie Gruenberg
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Karolina Lina Hess
Karolina Lina Hess
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Rosa Malz
Rosa Malz
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Jonas Tannenberg
Jonas Tannenberg
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Leo Lehmann
Leo Lehmann
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Samuel Weinberg
Samuel Weinberg
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Rika Levi
Rika Levi
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Frieda Kahn
Frieda Kahn
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Sieghard Bacharach
Sieghard Bacharach
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Babette Wahlhaus
Babette Wahlhaus
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Anna Lehmann
Anna Lehmann
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Max Mordechai Ansbacher
Max Mordechai Ansbacher
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Franziska Strauss
Franziska Strauss
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Justin Weinberg
Justin Weinberg
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Friederike Hess
Friederike Hess
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Leib Wolf Herbstmann
Leib Wolf Herbstmann
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Paul Halberstadt
Paul Halberstadt
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Fanny Jenny Goldschmidt
Fanny Jenny Goldschmidt
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Gerda Braunold
Gerda Braunold
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Josef Appel
Josef Appel
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David Kunstadt
David Kunstadt
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Paula Alexander
Paula Alexander
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Ernst Stein
Ernst Stein
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Klara Freund-Fischel
Klara Freund-Fischel
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Karl Strauss
Karl Strauss
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Semi Katz
Semi Katz
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Berta Gumpert
Berta Gumpert
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Hans Peter Bacharach
Hans Peter Bacharach
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Dilla Feldheim
Dilla Feldheim
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Lina Floersheim
Lina Floersheim
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Helene Karoline Adler
Helene Karoline Adler
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Bertha Wiesenberg
Bertha Wiesenberg
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Salomon Ansbacher
Salomon Ansbacher
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Else Bella Anholt Karpf
Else Bella Anholt Karpf
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Sara Hess
Sara Hess
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Ruth Weinberg
Ruth Weinberg
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Heinrich Wetzlar
Heinrich Wetzlar
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Heinz Karpf
Heinz Karpf
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Kurt Loewenberg
Kurt Loewenberg
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Fritz Loewenberg
Fritz Loewenberg
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Our favorite word of the month
Shemozzle

confused situation, dilemma, calamity, inconvenience;
Yiddish shlimazl = bad luck, bad luck; Opposite of -> Mazel

We still use around 70 Yiddish words in our everyday German language. We regularly present the most beautiful and interesting.

„Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home” –

REFUGE is a one-hour documentary that reaches back more than 75 years to give a voice to the last generation of Central European, Jewish Holocaust survivors and refugees. The film of Ethan Bensinger (his mother left Fulda in 1935, editor’s note) explores the lives of six Chicagoans against the context of the Nazi cataclysm, and the resourceful community that came together to create a singular place those fleeing persecution could call home. Warm, moving and deeply personal, REFUGE interweaves remarkable testimony, archival footage and expert commentary.

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Entry in the IMDB
Wikipedia.com

Annotation: Ethan Bensinger has been supporting the project “Fulda – Auschwitz” since the screening of his film “Refuge – Stories of the Selfhelp Home” at the Bardoschule Fulda and started to send private photos and documents. The biography of his mother is the first family history on this website and was created with the assistance of one of the students from the Bardoschule.

Movie recommendations

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Kristallnacht in the City of Fulda – Arnold Goldschmidt remembers
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Joe Hess from Fulda about the Kindertransport
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
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Anti-Semitic crimes

Anti-Semitic crimes in Germany last year (2,275) reached their highest level since the country started keeping statistics in 2001. The Central Council of Jews in Germany blames coronavirus conspiracy theorists for the recent rise in anti-Semitic hate crime.

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