The Children of Bullenhuser Damm association

Mania Altman

*1938 in Radom, Poland

Lelka Birnbaum

*1933 in Poland

Sergio De Simone

*1937 in Naples, Italy

Surcis Goldinger

*1934/35 in Poland

Riwka Herszberg

*1938 in Zduńska Wola, Poland

Eduard and Alexander Hornemann

*1933/1936 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Marek James

*1939 in Poland

Walter Jungleib

*1932 in Slovakia

Lea Klygerman

*1937 in Ostrowiec, Poland

Georges-André Kohn

*1932 in Paris, France

Bluma Mekler

*1934 in Sandomierz, Poland

Jacqueline Morgenstern

*1932 in Paris, France

Eduard Reichenbaum

*1934 in Kattowitz, Poland

Marek Steinbaum

*1937 in Radom, Poland

H. Wassermann

*1937 in Poland

Roman and Eleonora Witoński

*1938/1939 in Radom, Poland

R. Zeller

*1933 in Poland

Ruchla Zylberberg

*1936 in Zawichost, Poland

Shifra Mor in the memorial rose garden, 2009 © Silke Goes

THE 20 CHILDREN

Bluma (Blumel) Mekler

Bluma Mekler was born in 1934 in Sandomierz, Poland. She had four siblings, two brothers and two sisters. Their parents ran a general groceries store. Herschel, the father, was a religious teacher in the Cheder Jewish school for boys. “When Blumel was ten, she was sent to Auschwitz Concentration camp with her parents. Both her father and mother, as well as two of her siblings, died there. Her younger sister Shifra survived the Holocaust. Shifra grew up on a kibbutz in Israel, where she was reunited with her brother; later she moved to Tel Aviv. Blumel Mekler was eleven years old when she was murdered at Bullenhuser Damm.”

Only two members of the family survived: Bluma’s younger sister Shifra/Szyfra Mekler (Shifra Mor today), was able to hide in Sandormierz ghetto in January 1943. After the war, in 1947, she emigrated to Israel. Her elder brother Alter (b. 1929) was incarcerated in Lublin Concentration camp initially before being deported to Auschwitz in 1943. Bluma’s sister Shifra discovered the fate of the Children of Bullenhuser Damm by reading about it in the Israeli newspaper Maariv. In 1998 Shifra visited the memorial at Bullenhuser Damm and also the children’s kindergarten in Hamburg-Burgwedel named after her sister Bluma.