Statistics on Hamburg’s Jewish Population, compiled for the Gestapo by the Reich Association of the Jews in Germany [Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland] Liaison Officer on April 30, 1945

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The document presented here contains a statistical table listing the number of Jews remaining in Hamburg in the final days of the National Socialist regime. Statistics like this one were compiled about every other week for the Gestapo in Hamburg and were forwarded to the Berlin headquarters of the Reich Association of the Jews in Germany  Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland, or RVJD, which were overseen by the Reich Main Security Office  Reichssicherheitshauptamt, or RSHA. The recipient listed at the top of the page is the “Secret State Police,” Geheime Staatspolizei specifically section IV 4b. This corresponds to the Reich Main Security Office's  Reichssicherheitshauptamt departmental designation – Jewish questions and evacuations, headed by SS-Sturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The document does not reveal who compiled this statistic in Hamburg. The reference initials “LE” cannot be identified. It is quite possible, however, that the ”liaison officer” of Hamburg's remaining Jewish community, physician Dr. Martin Heinrich Corten, wrote this document for Hamburg's Gestapo branch. It is interesting that the statistic's author himself intended a copy of it to be forwarded to the headquarters of the Reich Association of the Jews in Germany  Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland located in Berlin. The address listed is Berlin N 65, which was the district of Wedding. It was the address of the Jewish hospital on Iranische Straße. Since the post office in charge of this district was located at Schulstraße 7, a street which on April 22 became the main frontline between German and Russian troops for three days, it is safe to assume that the copy never reached its recipient if it was ever mailed at all.
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Statistics on Hamburg’s Jewish Population, compiled for the Gestapo by the Reich Association of the Jews in Germany [Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland] Liaison Officer on April 30, 1945 (translated by Insa Kummer), edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History, <https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-5.en.v1> [August 20, 2018].