City of Neu Isenburg


Stern, Paula

First NamePaula
Family NameStern
Date of Birth05/06/1933
Birthplace/Place of ResidenceFrankfurt am Main
Residence in „Heim Isenburg“05/23/1933 - 11/28/1938
Departure toStraßburg

Escape to France in 1938, emigrated to Palestine in 1944

Date of Death/Place of Death-

Paula Stern is Hedwig Stern's daughter,  Rudolf Ruben Stern's sister, nice of Hilda Johanna Heide Stern and cousin of Marianne and Irene Stern, who are recorded in this memorial book too.

Paula was born May 6th 1933 in the Israelite Hospital, in Frankfurt am Main, Gagernstraße 36. Two weeks after her birth she was brought to the home of the Jewish Women`s Association in Neu-Isenburg where she was taken care of by her mother. Mother and daughter lived together in “Heim Isenburg” until the end of August 1933. September 1st 1933 Hedwig Stern moved to Frankfurt am Main whereas Paula stayed in custody at the “Heim Isenburg”. From 1937 her brother Rudolf Ruben lived there too. He was her junior by two years. Both children stayed until the end of November 1938 and were forced to witness the violent assaults and the destruction of the main building during the pogrom night November 10th. November 28th 1938 – Paula was 5 years old then - the siblings were brought to Straßbourg. There they were separated and lived in different homes. During the occupation of France by the German Wehrmacht they were hidden. Finally, after an odyssey through Rivesaltes, Bergerac and Chateau de Magelier Paula could escape to Palestine with the help of a Zionist organization on November 14th 1944. The then eleven year old girl knew nothing about her origins and her identity could not be enlightened until 1961 when the newspaper “Aufbau” published a search ad.

In Israel Paula, who now calls herself Miryam (Mira), married Mr. Dayan. Both are parents to a son. Nowadays Miryam Dayan lives in Israel close to Haifa.

The text was authored by Miryam Dayan, born Paula Stern, and completed by her grandson Roiy Dayan.

Further sources: Stadtarchiv Neu-Isenburg; Aktives Museum Spiegelgasse für Deutsch-Jüdische Geschichte in Wiesbaden e.V. (information, researched by Lothar Bembenek); Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv Wiesbaden; Peter Heckert;

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Heim Isenburg

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Life in “Heim Isenburg” could be organized and regulated quite easily until the pogrom of November 1938, even if discrimination and harassments made the life of residents quite hard.
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