City of Neu Isenburg


Bergmann, Bella

First NameBella
Family NameBergmann
Date of Birth01/06/1902
Birthplace/Place of ResidenceFrankfurt am Main
Residence in „Heim Isenburg“08/14/1917 - 01/01/1925
Departure toHalberstadt
Professionnursery maiden

Deported to the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz on 12/7/1943

Date of Death/Place of DeathConcentration and extermination camp Auschwitz

Bella Bergmann is a daughter of the waiter Emanuel Bergmann and the tailor Emma Bergmann, born Roman. She was born on January 6, 1902 in Frankfurt am Main, where her family lived. Bella's older sister, Erna Paula Elvira, is also listed in this memorial book. Two younger brothers died shortly after birth. In 1916, the parents got divorced. In the following year, the 15-year-old Bella was housed in the home of the Jewish Women's Association in Neu-Isenburg. She probably had an apprenticeship as a nurse here. Later, she specified her profession as  "nursery maiden" or "nanny". On 1 January 1925, the almost 23-year-old woman signed out to Halberstadt. In the Neu-Isenburg data sources Halberstadt Plantagenstraße 6 is filed as her new registration address. According to this information she lived in a family named Jakobsohn. However, it can be assumed that Bella stayed in the family of Alfred Jacobson at the address Plantage 6, because no family named Jakobsohn was registered on Plantagenstraße. Alfred Jacobson was the authorized officer of a bank and a member of the school board of the Jewish school in Halberstadt from 1929 to 1931. He was highly engaged with young people. Only one month later Bella Bergmann returned to Neu-Isenburg and stayed there for another year in the home of the Jewish Women's Association. At the beginning of February 1926, Bella left for Frankfurt am Main, Mainstraße 28, where her mother lived. In the late 1930s, Bella Bergmann lived in Berlin, 1939 in Schöneberg, Landshuter Straße 24 with Dr. med. Max Jacoby and his wife Alwine, nee Lyon, 1941 in Charlottenburg. During the Second World War she married the blind poet Max Moses Zodykow, who until then has lived in an institution for blind people (”Jüdisches Blindenheim”) in Berlin-Steglitz, Wrangelstraße 6/7. Max Zodykow earned his living as a brush maker. In 1943, the couple lived in a one room kitchen lodging in Winsstraße 6. In December 1943, Bella and Max Zodykow were taken to “Jüdische Taubstummenanstalt”, a home for Jewish deaf-mute people in Weissensee, which served as a transit camp for deportations. On December 7, 1943, the couple was deported to the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, where the trace of Bella and Max Zodykow is lost.

Bella's mother married the waiter Fritz Elison after her divorce from Emanuel Bergmann. Das Ehepaar wohnte in der Klingerstr. 25 in Frankfurt am Main. Emma Elison was arrested in 1935 for her participation in the communist resistance against National Socialism, convicted of "high treason" and imprisoned in Frankfurt-Preungesheim. Later she was deported to the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp and murdered there on 19 September 1942.

The biography could be compiled on the basis of information from Stolperstein-Initiative Friedenau.

 Further source: Stadtarchiv Neu-Isenburg


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