Minutes of a Meeting to Reconstitute the Jewish Congregation in Hamburg, July 1945

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On July 8, 1945, a Sunday, twelve Hamburg Jews gathered in the apartment of Chaim Golenzer at Rutschbahn 25a, a so-called “Judenhaus,” with the intention to reorganize the congregation that had previously been eradicated by the National Socialist regime. They were all former members of Hamburg's German-Israelite Congregation. The meeting was opened by Josef Gottlieb, who had probably initiated the founding of a new Jewish congregation in Hamburg. However, those present were not the only ones interested in a reorganization of the former congregation. The meeting's minutes of July 8 mention roughly 80 Jews who had “been in touch.” An undated appeal whose title reads “preparations are made to revive our old Jewish congregation” lists the names of 77 men and 25 women. The minutes show that the meeting of these twelve individuals was not simply intended to be an informal discussion, but that it had been conceived of with a specific purpose.
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Minutes of a Meeting to Reconstitute the Jewish Congregation in Hamburg, July 1945 (translated by Insa Kummer), edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History, <https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-69.en.v1> [July 27, 2017].