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Family portrait of Julius and Ella Finke and their two children.

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    Family portrait of Julius and Ella Finke and their two children.
    Family portrait of Julius and Ella Finke and their two children.

    Overview

    Caption
    Family portrait of Julius and Ella Finke and their two children.
    Date
    1926
    Locale
    Berlin, [Berlin] Germany
    Variant Locale
    Berlin-Buckow
    Berlin-Mariendorf
    Berlin-Ploetzensee
    Berlin-Reinickendorf
    Berlin-Tempelhof
    Berlin-Wannsee
    Berlin-Schlachtensee
    Berlin-Duppel
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of John Fink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: John Fink
    Source Record ID: Collections: 1990.247

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    Biography
    Hans Finke (now John Fink) was born in Berlin on August 12, 1920. He was raised by his father Julius, a merchant, and his stepmother Ella. His younger sister Ursula was born on June 30, 1923. The Finkes remained in Berlin after the Nazi takeover and through much of the war. In March, 1943, however, Hans was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where he was put to work at the Buna factory in Monowitz. He spent almost two years there before the camp was evacuated in January, 1945 and he was transferred to Sachsenhausen. The following month he was moved to Flossenbuerg and from there to Bergen-Belsen, where he was liberated by the British on April 15. Both his parents perished during the war, but he found his sister Ursula, who had survived in Berlin. In 1943, Ursula had gone underground to evade deportation. However, a Jewish collaborator who was working for the Gestapo, recognized her in the Berlin railway station. Desperate to escape arrest, Ursula threw herself in front of an on-coming train. She survived the ordeal, but her leg was severed. Ursula was then arrested by the Gestapo and confined to the Jewish hospital in Berlin, where whe was shackled to a bed until the end of the war. After the liberation, Hans lived in the Bergen-Belsen DP camp until July, 1947. He then went to work for the JDC in the Blankenese children's home near Hamburg. There he met and married a fellow relief worker, Alice Redlich, and immigrated to the United States in August, 1949.
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