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Jews of Duisburg, Germany (and surrounding Region)

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  • Selma Heumann (1881 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs:Heumann, Selma geborene Philipps geboren am 31. Mai 1881 in Duisburg / - / Rheinprovinz wohnhaft in DuisburgDeportation: ab Düsseldorf 27. Oktober 1941, Litzma...
  • Siegfried Heumann (1874 - 1942)
  • Edith Raphael (1906 - 1943)
  • Israel Brodinger (1884 - d.)
  • Alfred "Fredi" Efraim Czopp (1920 - aft.1943)
    Alfred Efraim "Fredi" CZOPP: b. 27 April 1920, Duisburg - d. after 31 July 1943, Auschwitz, HOLOCAUST Details of deportation and subsequent death courtesy of: Efraim Czopp was born in Duisburg, Ge...

The purpose of this project to help myself and others whose research strays into this town in Germany by listing profiles and hopefully making connections.
In the future I will provide a brief history of the Jews of Duisburg as well as do my best to find others researching this town. I will start by searching for profiles of people in the book Geschichte der Duisburger Juden.
As I come up with it, I will add more to the description. Steve


Jewish Families

Below are links for sub-projects that contain an alphabetical list of families that are listed in the back of Geschichte der Duisburger Juden who lived in Duisburg during the years 1900 to 1945.


Duisburg. Deutschland. Germany YouTube


DUISBURG, city in Germany. A small Jewish settlement existed there from the second half of the 13th century whose members were massacred in the wake of the *Black Death (1350). No Jews lived there subsequently until the 18th century, when a few families are mentioned.

A few Jewish students studied medicine at the university between 1708 and 1817. In 1793 there were ten families living in the town, who formed an organized community. A small synagogue was consecrated in 1826 and replaced by a more impressive edifice in 1875. The Jewish population increased during and after World War I as a result of immigration from Poland and Galicia.

The community (united with Hamborn) numbered 2,560 in 1933. In October 1938, 144 Polish Jews were expelled. On Kristallnacht, the synagogue was set on fire; 40 Jewish homes and 25 stores were vandalized and 25 Jews were sent to Dachau.

In December 1938 Jewish youngsters were sent to Holland on a Kindertransport; some later reached England, where they survived the war. The remaining 809 Jews were crowded into 11 Jewish houses from which they were deported in 1941 to ghettos in the East and later to death camps.

In 1969, 75 Jews lived in Duisburg and Muelheim an der Ruhr, which constituted one community. In 1989 the joint community of Duisburg, Muelheim, and Oberhausen had 118 members; due to the immigration of Jews from the Former Soviet Union, their number rose to 2,653 in 2003. The new synagogue, designed by Zvi Hecker and inaugurated in 1999, is an architectural hallmark of the city.


  • I.F. Baer, Protokollbuch der Landjudenschaft des Herzogtums Kleve (1922), 54–55;
  • Kober, in: MGWJ, 75 (1931), 118–27; Germ Jud (1934, repr. 1963), 90–91;
  • 2 pt. 1 (1968), 178. ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: G. von Roden, Geschichte der Duisburger Juden (1986);
  • F. Niessalla, K.-H. Keldungs, 1933–1945: Schicksale juedischer Juristen in Duisburg (1993);
  • M. Komorowski, in: Juden im Ruhrgebiet (1999), 541–54.