The Children of Bullenhuser Damm association
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Mania Altman

*1938 in Radom, Poland

Lelka Birnbaum

*1933 in Poland

Sergio De Simone

*1937 in Naples, Italy

Sara Goldfinger

*September 20 1933 in Ostrowiec, 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 und Eleonora Witoński

*1938/1939 in Radom, Poland

R. Zeller

*1933 in Poland

Ruchla Zylberberg

*1936 in Zawichost, Poland

Lelka Birnbaum
Unfortunately there are no longer any photos of some of the children from the time before the war, or their relatives have not been found. This photograph is one of the images made by the SS to document their medical experiments. The photos were secured from Dr. Heißmeyer after the end of the war and formed the basis for the search for the children. With the help of a global poster campaign, Günther Schwarberg was able to find many of the children’s relatives.


Lelka Birnbaum

Former prisoners compiled a list of the names of the children. This was published in the book “Rapport fra Neuengamme” in 1945. This includes the name of a 12-year-old girl from Poland: Birnbaum. Her full name is noted on the cover sheet of an x-ray for medical experiments by Dr. Kurt Heißmeyer: Lelka Birnbaum. Together with the other children, Lelka Birnbaum was murdered here in Bullenhuser Damm on 20 April 1945.

Up to the present, this is all we know about this girl. In 1996 a road in Hamburg-Burgwedel and a kindergarten in Hamburg-St. Pauli were named after Lelka Birnbaum.