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Siegemund Ruschkewitz

Siegemund Ruschkewitz

Male 1871 - 1940  (69 years)

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  • Name Siegemund Ruschkewitz 
    Born 1871  Danzig, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Holocaust In 1935, three years before his acquisition of the Joel business, Neckermann acquired -- at a fraction of its worth -- a large department store in the city of Wurzberg owned by a German Jew named Siegmund Ruschkewitz. His brief biography is partly told in records in Germany and at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. His memory is kept alive by his grandson, Gad Ruschkewitz, 63, who lives in Israel.
    "My grandfather was a wealthy, self-made man," he said. "He made something of his life. What I think only my family knows is that Neckermann worked for my grandfather in the department store in Wurzberg. My father told me Neckermann brought a Nazi member to the store and they threw him out. I don't know if any payment was made, but my father told me that all Neckermann offered for the business was 46,000 Reich.marks, which was less than the cost of renovations my grandfather had recently made.
    "After he lost the business, my grandfather and his second wife left Wurzberg for Berlin and lived in a hotel as two poor people until they could get on a ship for Palestine, where my father was already living. So you see, they were trying to reach their son. They had a beautiful home with a garden [in Wurzberg]. I believe they lost that, too. Why else would they have gone to that hotel?"
    En route, Ruschkewitz and his wife died of typhus aboard ship. Their bodies were thrown overboard near the island of Crete.
    Their other son, Ernst, who stayed behind in Germany, was killed at the Buchenwald concentration camp on March 31, 1945 -- three weeks before the end of the war.  [1
    Residence 1871-1898  Danzig, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1898-1939  Wuerzburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hebrew Death 15 Tis 5701 
    Occupation Department Store Owner 
    Died 17 Oct 1940  Crete, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Heraklion, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Jewish cemetery
    Person ID I9877  Blank Family
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2009 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1871 - Danzig, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871-1898 - Danzig, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1898-1939 - Wuerzburg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Oct 1940 - Crete, Greece Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Heraklion, Greece Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Siegmund Ruschkewitz
    Siegmund Ruschkewitz

    Documents
    Billy Joel, Neckermann and Aryanization of Joel and Ruschkewitz stores in Wurzburg
    Billy Joel, Neckermann and Aryanization of Joel and Ruschkewitz stores in Wurzburg
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

    Holocaust Records
    Visa Siegmund Ruschkewitz
    Visa Siegmund Ruschkewitz

  • Sources 
    1. [S446] Interview with.


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