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Lotte Abel

Female 1903 - 1956  (53 years)


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  • Name Lotte Abel 
    Born 10 Feb 1903  Geseke, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Biography My mother was educated at the Jewish grade school in Geseke. She attended a Catholic high school in nearby Lippstadt. Many schools were run by nuns in Westfalia. Later she studied at a Jewish "Pensionat" in Munich. She was introduced to my father by Tante Martha Munden in Hamburg, in July 1924, and married my father on his birthday, 21.9.1926 in Paderborn (Westfalia).
    His own father had died in May, and as the last unmarried son, he would have to share his apartment In Hamburg if he hadn't married by 1.10. due to the straightened circumstances at that time in Germany.
    My father was a businessman and had a store in Hamburg, "Sporthaus Stern". When Hitler came to power in 1933, he felt that it would only got worse for the Jews, and he decided to emigrate to Morocco. He was able to get some agencies from German manufacturers for that country.
    We took the train to Antwerp, and from there sailed to Casablanca, where we arrived on 21.7.1933 (we used.to celebrate July 21 an our"national holiday"). The Nazis started also to arrive in Morocco, trying to incite the Arabs against the French who decided to expel all the German nationals.
    My father, in spite of the personal intervention of the Chief Rabbi of Rabat, was also expelled and he left In May 1935 for Tetuan, Spanish Morocco. He had just rebuilt his business when in July 1936 the Spanish Civil War erupted. Actually, Franco started it right in Tetuan.
    In June 1937 we moved to Tangier, which was an International Zone. My father suffered from asthma since childhood which the climate in Tangier made worse causing several severe attacks. Due to the war, and to the fact that he was stateless (my father had lost the German nationality in Sept. 1939), he could not travel to a more salubrious climate. He died 13.9.1941 an the same day that he received his stateless Passport allowing him to travel.
    My mother contlnued my father's business, although at the time it was unusual for a womain to run a business( she received the first business license ever issued In Tangier by the Moroccan State Bank to a woman)
    We used to import Swiss watches, French cutlery, lace and dresses from Switzerland etc.. I helped her until I left for the U.S. in 1949. My mother became ill with Hodgkins disease in May 1955, and I returned to Tangier to stay with her and help with the bussiness. She had a rominnion but died 6.11.1956.  [1
    Hebrew Birth 13 Shv 5663 
    Immigration 1933  Morocco Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hebrew Death 2 Kis 5717 
    Residence Geseke, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Tangier, Morocco Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 6 Nov 1956  Tangier, Morocco Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1690  Blank Family
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2010 

    Father Rudolph Abel,   b. 17 Apr 1868, Geseke, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1938, Tangier, Morocco Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Cora Grafenberg,   b. 8 Feb 1875, Adelebsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1904, Geseke, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married 6 Apr 1902  Goettingen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F788  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Stern,   b. 21 Sep 1892, Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1941, Tangier, Morocco Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 21 Sep 1924  Paderborn, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John (Hans Ullrich) Stern,   b. 28 Apr 1926, Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 2013, New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Family ID F790  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Feb 1903 - Geseke, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Sep 1924 - Paderborn, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1933 - Morocco Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Geseke, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Hamburg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Tangier, Morocco Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Nov 1956 - Tangier, Morocco Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Birth Certificate of Lotte Abel
    Birth Certificate of Lotte Abel
    Marriage Certificate of James and Lotte Stern
    Marriage Certificate of James and Lotte Stern
    Parents of Lotte Abel
    Parents of Lotte Abel

  • Sources 
    1. [S54] E-mail message, from John Stern.


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