oberamt Geislingen

Gilya Gerda Schmidt

in Süssen Is Now Free of Jews

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243297
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243334 | DOI:

Series: World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension (FUP)

oberamt Geislingen

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Geislingen an der Steige played an important role in the financial life of the Jews of Süssen, since it was the financial center for Süssen. During the Holocaust, the Finanzamt (financial authority) confiscated the bank accounts of the Langs, provided the seizure order for the money paid for Louis’ property, and actively participated in auctioning off of the Lang belongings. After 1945, the Finanzamt likewise was responsible for assigning a trustee to the Lang property until the reparations process could be completed. There were only a few marginal Jews living in Geislingen, but the largest business there established a forced labor camp that also included nearly 700 Jewish women sent from Natzweiler concentration camp. Some died during their trials and are buried in the Jewish cemetery in Göppingen.

Keywords: Geislingen an der Steige; Finanzamt (financial authority); seizure of Jewish property; auction of Lang belongings; forced labor camp

Chapter.  2380 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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