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Leo Schneeroff * 1894
Sierichstraße 153 (Hamburg-Nord, Winterhude)
DR. LEO SCHNEEROFF
Dr. Leo Schneeroff, born 3/28/1894 in Bobruisk, White Russia, deported to the Lodz ghetto on 10/25/1941, died there in the hospital between Sept. 10th and 15th, 1942
Edith Schneeroff, née Sissle, born 3/16/1895 in Königsberg, Eastern Prussia, deported to the Lodz ghetto on 10/25/1941, murdered in Chelmno on 9/15/1942
Leo Schneeroff was the son of the Jewish couple Josef Schneeroff and his wife Noemi, née Rabinowitz. He had a sister, Maria, married Burg, born 7/17/1898, and a brother, Isaak, born 3/17/1902
His wife Edith Schneeroff had a sister, Bella, married Zernik, and a brother, Adolf Sissle, Their mother Marie Sissle lived in Königsberg, East Prussia, until 1939.
Leo Schneeroff practiced as a dentist at Reeseberg 22 in Harburg. He was a Social Democrat and close to the Zionist movement. Together with his wife, he lived at Grillparzerstrasse 15 (until 1937: Goethestrasse) in the Barmbek-Uhlenhorst district as a subtenant with Hintze. From 1937 to 1939, his sister-in-law Bella Zernik also lived with them.
In January 1939, the Nazi government revoked the approbations of Jewish dentists. From then on, Leo Schneeroff was only allowed to treat Jewish patients. He transferred his practice to Haynstrasse 5, to the apartment of the Holz, a Jewish couple. He had suffered decreased income due to the government boycott calls against Jews already before being deprived of his approbation. In 1936 and 1936, he had to sell two life insurance policies at great loss. Nonetheless, he managed to support his sister-in-law Bella, who was out of a job since 1932, and her mother in Königsberg.
Leo Schneeroff already planned to emigrate to Palestine in 1938. He wanted to take his used dentist’s equipment with him. It is incomprehensible why he only submitted the required list of relocation goods to the chief Finance Administrator in November 1940. He had the list checked b y a bailiff for a fee of RM 40.50. In spite of this, his planned emigration failed in the end.
In 1941, the Schneeroffs were forced to leave their apartment and move to Sierichstrasse 153, a small villa where several Jewish families and single persons lived under crowded circumstances until their deportation (cf. Friedmann, Guttmann, Mirabeau, Luca).
The Schneeroffs had to board the deportation train to Lodz on October 5th, 1941. Leo Schneeroff died on September 10th or 15th at the hospital of the Lodz ghetto. Edith Schneeroff was murdered by gas on September 15th, 1942 in the nearby Chelmno extermination camp. .
Bella Zernik and her mother Marie Sissle were able to emigrate to Palestine in March 1939..
Leo Schneeroff’s sister Maria Burg and his brother Isaak Schneeroff also managed to flee from Germany; the lived in Tel Aviv, Israel, in the 1950s.
Translation by Peter Hubschmid 2018
Kindly supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung, Hamburg.
Stand: January 2019
© Ulrike Sparr
Quellen: 1; 8; AfW 280394, AfW 160395, AfW 301007; http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/ wc.dll?jg~jgsearch~model1~lodzghetto (Lodz Ghetto List, einges. 12.9.2007); http://data.jewishgen.org/ wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsearch~model2~lodzghetto (Lodz Ghetto Hospital Death Records, einges. 15.8.2007); Adressbuch für Harburg und Wilhelmsburg 1 und den Landkreis 1934, Harburg 1934; Einwohnerbuch für Harburg-Wilhelmsburg 1 und den Landkreis 1938, Harburg 1938.
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