NEW GROWTH TREES ROCK AND WATER

NEW GROWTH TREES ROCK AND WATER

This blog shows my activities and other people's initiatives. There are also articles that have been contributed.
The photo shows the garden in early May 2013


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 A bit about the author of the blog.
Born in London. Emigrated to Israel just as he was about to turn 16. Lived in Israel for 22 years. He became a Kibbutz member and fulfilling the various obligations of a citizen. Worked mainly in agriculture though in the latter years also took up working with children with learning difficulties. Initially organized volunteers to train a brain damaged child according to the delacato method. During the time on the Kibbuz he visited the USA and spent four months there. Part of that time was spent working voluntarily in a home for adults who were mentally ill and/or had a learning difficulty.
On his return to the UK. he worked in care with the elderly and other disabled people. The editor  went on to study for two years in Hull at Humberside Polytechnic gaining a teaching diploma in teaching adults with learning difficulties. He went onto work for Mencap and then a daycentre where he established a horticultural project for adults with learning difficulties. Vegetables were grown and sold. The editor also has an advanced diploma in counselling and a certificate in lifecoaching.
The editor , now retired, is married, enjoys cultivating their garden which has a fishpond, rockery and tropical area. He also cultivates two allotment plots, dabbles occasionally in bonsai, trains in the taiji system (see www.taiji.net ) , works voluntarily in gardening activities, at a local school. The editor also enjoys various other recreational activities such as reading, film, theatre etc., likes Bruce Springsteen, folk music particularly Klezma. The Editor also takes a strong interest in politics and will support causes he believes in.


Both my cousin Jack and myself have tried to find out what became of our grandparents. Jack has finally successfully traced the history. Jack relates
It is as follows;

Yesterday I discovered what a Stolperstein was. There are 30,000 now across Europe. I never knew.
To quote Wikipedia:
'A Stolperstein (from German, "stumbling block"; plural Stolpersteine) is a monument created by Gunter Demnig which commem...orates a victim of the Holocaust. Stolpersteine are small, cobblestone-sized memorials for an individual victim of Nazism. They commemorate individuals – both those who died and survivors – who were consigned by the Nazis to prisons, euthanasia facilities, sterilization clinics, concentration camps, and extermination camps, as well as those who responded to persecution by emigrating or committing suicide.
While the vast majority of stolpersteine commemorate Jewish victims of the Holocaust, others have been placed for Sinti and Romani people (also called gypsies), homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, black people, Christians (both Protestants and Catholics) opposed to the Nazis, members of the Communist Party and the Resistance, military deserters, and the physically and mentally disabled.'
So, when I put in Jacobsohn I found three solpersteine at the same address that had only been posted online in October 2012.
They were the names of my grandparents and I remembered the name my mother's grandmother from a family tree we had done for Ilford Jewish Primary when I was six. She was there too.
My mother's parents Jacob and Gertud had been forced to give up their home and were living at 12 Marburger Strasse with Jacob's mother Johanna. I found out that the Solpersteine had been based on academic studies of Nazi records, and that there had been a project to synthesise them into a single database at Yad Vashem. So I looked at the database, cross referencing with the solpersteine.

Johanna Jacobsohn my great grandmother was born on 18/01/1856. She was deported to Theresienstadt on 14 January 1943. She turned 87 on 18 January 1943. She is listed as succumbing on 24 January 1943. Her maiden name was Chaim, which means 'life'.

Jacob Jacobsohn, my grandfather, was born on 24 October 1884 in Pakosch Poland.

Gertrud Jacobsohn, my grandmother, was born on 14 February 1886 in Samotschin, Poland.

We knew they had moved to Berlin just after WW1.

After Kristalnacht they resolved to try to save their children. Paula was old enough to qualify to come to the UK as a domestic servant. Heinz, after whom my late brother bore the middle name Henry, and my mother Phil, were despatched I the kindertransport. Phili was just 12. They were never to hear from their family again. Heinz was detained in the Enemy Alien detention camp on the Isle of Man and then 'evacuated ' to Canada. He was able to return by signing up. In the post war period he was a translator for the British working on the war crimes trials. He could find no trace anywhere, despite years of searching across Europe.

Now we know that on 6 March 1943 they left on transport 35. Destination Auschwitz.

may their memory be as a blessing not only to their descendants.

I am moved beyond words by the fact that someone has made a physical sculpture naming them, and placing it in their final Berlin home. I also thank G-d for the photographer who uploaded these images less than a year ago.

Earlier this year on the day before completing day's house sale, in a bag at the back of a cupboard, I found a photo album that Heinz had been given before he left - or maybe that he had made, because he continued to add to it. It covers the period 1927-1951.

At some stage next week I will post some pictures of Jacob, Gertrud, and the family.

For now I know my brother, Z"L, would have been just as moved as I am.
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