Emil Oppenheimer, portrait photo from around 1930.

(Nuremberg City Archives C21/VII-GB No. 1259)

Ludwig-Feuerbach-Strasse 75 is circled in red. To the north, running parallel to Ludwig-Feuerbach-Strasse, are the streets Heerwagenstrasse and Bismarckstrasse. Schopperhofstrasse cuts through the middle of the photo from south to north. At the top of the picture, over to the right, is the Bismarck schoolhouse. Aerial photo 1927.

(Nuremberg City Archives, A 97 No. 242)

Emil Oppenheimer

(1885-1933)

[Location of stone: Ludwig-Feuerbach-Strasse 75 District: Rennweg
Sponsor: Luisa Stiegler Laying of stone: 28 May 2015

Biography

On 28 May 2015 Gunter Demnig laid a stumbling stone for Emil Oppenheimer, who died as a result of the maltreatment he suffered in Dachau concentration camp.

Emil was born in Nuremberg on 19 July 1885. His parents were Julius Oppenheimer, a man of private means, and his wife Therese (née Stettauer). Emil worked in various professions, including the wine and liquor trade. In the First World War he served as a soldier in the Bavarian Army and was taken prisoner by the Americans.

Emil married Ruth Hommel on 15 May 1923. She had been born on 19 December 1901 in Nuremberg. From January 1931 onwards the couple lived in Ludwig-Feuerbach-Strasse 75. The marriage was childless.

On 31 August 1933, the opening day of the “Nazi Party Rally of Victory” in Nuremberg, Opppenheimer and other Jewish residents were paraded through the city by SA-men, ridiculed, mistreated and taken into “protective custody”. Oppenheimer was brought to Dachau concentration camp and released on the same day. Summoning his last reserves of strength, he managed to reach home again but collapsed and died there as the result of the violence he had suffered.

His widow went to live with relatives in Ludwigsburg in June 1934.

- Nuremberg City Archives, C 21/X No. 7 registration card.

- Nuremberg City Archives, F 14 No. 49 Quellen zum Gedenkbuch für die Nürnberger Opfer der Schoa, Schreiben von Luise David an das Stadtarchiv Nuremberg, 22.8.2000.

- Nuremberg City Archives (ed.), Gedenkbuch für die Nürnberger Opfer der Schoa, supplementary volume (Quellen zur Geschichte und Kultur der Stadt Nürnberg, vol. 30), Nuremberg 2002, p. 74.