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ESKELES Family Tree Line 8

[5.3] Babette Bettchen ESKELES (b. 12 Nov. 1857 Kelsterbach, d. 15 Mar. 1942 Franfurt). m. (1 Jan. 1886 Kelsterbach) [5.25] Bernhard SPEIER (b. 17 Mar. 1852 Burghaun, d. 29 Jan. 1890 Kelsterbach) son of [6.8] Marum SPEIER and [6.9] Marianne POPPER. At the beginning of World War II she lived with her daughter Meta and son-in-law Bernhard BLUMENTHAL. When they were deported in 1939, she moved to an old-age home. Upon being informed that she was to be deported she committed suicide in 15 Mar. 1942. According to Jewish Cemeteries in Frankfurt by Klaus MEIER-UDE, 800 Jews committed suicide in order to avoid deportation. Like Babette they all have tombstones saying "Died as a Martyr, Let her soul rest in peace."

Numbers in brackets are references to The ESKELES Genealogy by Zeev ESHKOLOT.

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