“You will probably have heard that my dear Mama Lotte and my good Grandma Posner have passed away.”

Bela Mansfeldt to Siegfried Katz

Bela Mansfeldt to Siegfried Katz front side

Bela Mansfeldt

was an only child. She was four years old when the Hamburg Gestapo brought her, together with her mother Lotte and grandmother Jenny Posner, to the Hannoverscher Bahnhof. From there they were deported to the Theresienstadt Ghetto. After the death of her mother and grandmother, Bela Mansfeldt lived in an orphanage in the ghetto. There, with help, she was able to write postcards to members of the Jewish community in Hamburg. On 23 October,1944, she and other children were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and murdered there.


Bela Mansfeldt to Siegfried Katz reverse side

Postcard transcription:


Mansfeldt, Bela
Post Bauschowitz
Langestraße 18

Mr. Siegfried Katz
Hamburg 13
Dillstr. 15, III.

Dear Uncle Fritz,

I wrote to you because I received your card and was very happy about it and I think that you got this message. - That my dear Mama Lotte and my good Grandma Posner have passed away, you will probably have heard. - I am well. Your packages bring me a lot of joy and taste quite good to me. Please write to me soon. Aunt Eri and Grandma Blanca, who send their love to you and dear Aunt Hedwig, we would like to hear more often from you.

Many kind regards from your Bela

Theresienstadt, 12.6.44.

*For the benefit of readability, amendments were made in transcription

Further research options:

What this postcard means to me (Maren): Video
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