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Suicide in response to Nazi oppression

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  • Heinrich Sichel (1867 - 1942)
    Heinrich Sichel committed suicide on August 21, 1942.
  • Betty Katz (1875 - 1942)
    Betty stayed behind in Berlin in September 1938 when her daughter Elly and 13-year-old granddaughter Helga (my mother) fled across the Belgian border. Betty suffered all the degradations of the Nazi pe...
  • Franziska Bruck (1866 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Bruck, Franziska geboren am 29. Dezember 1866 in Ratibor / - / Schlesien wohnhaft in Berlin (Wilmersdorf) und Berlin (Charlottenburg) Tode...
  • Nathalie Simon (1864 - 1942)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Simon, Nathalie geborene Müller geboren am 28. Juni 1864 in Hamburg / - / Hansestadt Hamburg wohnhaft in Hamburg Todesdatum: 13. Ja...
  • Helene Löb (1904 - 1936)

Rather than face deportation and murder, a number of victims of Nazi oppression committed suicide. For example, in the wake of Germany's annexation of Austria, hundreds of Jews took their own lives. Today this final act of desperation is seen as an act of resistance, of an attempt at some sort of self-determination by the victims of Nazi oppression. This project seeks to collect the profiles of those who took their own lives, rather than allow the Nazis to murder them.