The Ingberg Family
Hirsch (Herz) Wolf Ingberg was born in Warsaw, Poland, on 15th September, 1870. He settled in Minden and had a shop at Kampstrasse 24 selling junk and wares that were old and used. Later he opened a shop at Simeonstrasse 8 selling clothes and shoes. He lived with his family at Kampstrasse 32. Hirsch Wolf Ingberg was married to Soscha (Sosse)Ingberg, nee´ Klepfish, who was born 25 July, 1886, in Warsaw, Poland. They had four children, the oldest daughter, born 1918, emmigrated to the USA, but the three younger ones didn’t survive the Nazi persecution. Moritz Isaak Ingberg was born 10th February, 1921, visited the boys primary school until 1935, and in 1938 he finished his apprenticeship as an upholsterer and decorator. David, born 11th February, 1926, and Erika, born 26th July, 1928, went to the Heide School until they were expelled because they were Jews.
On 28th October, 1938, Hirsch Ingberg, together with the three youngest children, was deported to Zbaczyn (Bentschen), Poland. He returned to Minden at the beginning of July, 1939, to collect his belongings and wind up his affairs.Then on 17th July, 1939 he and his wife were deported to Zbaczyn and then, after the German troops attacked Poland at the beginning of September, 1939, they were taken to the Ghetto, or rather, the concentration camp, Otwock in the Warsaw District. He died there on 15th January, 1943, but the exact facts surrounding his death are not known. On 24th October, 1947, he was declared dead. Whether Soscha Ingberg died in Otwock or whether she was taken to the Warsaw Ghetto with the three children is not known. She was declared dead on 16th September, 1949, because she didn’t return from the camps. Moritz, David and Erika wouldn’t have survived the rebellion in the Warsaw Ghetto which was brutally brought to an end. They were declared dead on 8th May, 1945.
Hirsch Wolf Ingbergs children from his first marriage survived the Holocaust. One daughter emmigrated to the USA. Another daughter and a son emigrated to Brasil, and one son, Max Ingberg was persecuted and hunted because he was a Socialist. He survived in the Belgian underground movement. At the end of the Nazi reign of terror he returned to Minden and lived at Simeonstrasse 8 where his father had had his clothing shop.