Sidonie Stern, portrait photo from around 1930.

(Nuremberg City Archives, C21/VII-GB No. 1296)

The narrower house, to the right of the middle of the picture, is Josephsplatz 5. The shop “Betten Nagel” was situated on the ground floor of the building. Photo 1930.

(Nuremberg City Archives, A41/II LR 88 F2 14)

Josephsplatz 5 is circled in red. It is located in the old city, in the densely built-up Lawrence district. Karolinenstrasse and Breite Gasse can be seen a short distance to the south of Josephsplatz. They join up on the far left of the picture, near the large buildings of the Tietz department store (today Wöhrl) and the White Tower. The high elongated roof at the bottom of the picture belongs to one of the warehouses along the Kornmarkt. Aerial photo 1927.

(Nuremberg City Archives, A 97 No. 291)

Sidonie Stern

(1884-1941)

Location of stone: Josephsplatz 5 District: St. Lorenz
Sponsor: Gehörlosenverein Nürnberg (Nuremberg Society for the Deaf) Laying of stone: 21 August 2007

Biography

On 21 August 2007 the Gehörlosenverein Nürnberg had stumbling stones laid for Adolf Stern and his sister Sidonie, who were murdered in Riga.

Sidonie, the daughter of Salomon and Elise Stern, was born in Erlangen-Bruck on 4 June 1884. Deaf from birth, she attended the Bavarian Institute for the Deaf and Mute in Munich. In April 1909 she moved to Nuremberg, where she earned her living as a factory worker.

On 7 July 1922 she gave birth to a daughter, also naming her Sidonie. She was a single mother and did not name the father at the time of the birth. Her daughter lived with her for the next few years but in April 1928 she entered the Jewish orphanage in Fürth.

Sidonie, together with her brother Adolf, who was also deaf, was deported on 29 November 1941 to the Riga-Jungfernhof camp and murdered.

- Lothar Scharf: Rechtlos, schutzlos, taub und stumm! Gehörlose Juden unterm Hakenkreuz 1933-1945, Frankfurt am Main 2007, p. 73.

- Nuremberg City Archives, C 21/X No. 9 registration card.

- Nuremberg City Archives (ed.), Gedenkbuch für die Nürnberger Opfer der Schoa (Quellen zur Geschichte und Kultur der Stadt Nürnberg, vol. 29), Nürnberg 1998, p. 339.

- Nuremberg City Archives (ed.), Gedenkbuch für die Nürnberger Opfer der Schoa, suplementary volume (Quellen zur Geschichte und Kultur der Stadt Nürnberg, vol. 30), Nuremberg 2002, p. 57.