Jewish Life in Wolfhagen
"With the original documents in the ITS archives I can now better understand the fate of the Jews from Wolfhagen," said 16-year-old Dennis Hojn during his research at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. Together with five other students of the Wilhelm Filchner school, he is participating in a history workshop of Jewish life in Wolfhagen before and during the period of National Socialism.
Secondary school teacher Marcus von der Straten, along with his students and the support of Ernst Klein from the initiative “Against Oblivion - For Democracy”, wants to prepare a city guide to Volkmarsen, "Places where Jewish life was going on should be supplemented by biographies," describes von der Straten the project. He will build on a 1987 city map from Wolfhagen, on which the homes of the Jewish residents are indicated. "To complete this plan, students are looking for more information." The resource with respect to the fates of individuals is the ITS archives, but also publications and other archives, such as the state archives in Wiesbaden and Marburg.
The presentation of these guides will take place in conjunction with the exhibition "Legalized Robbery", that will be shown in the Regional Museum in the town of Wolfhagen, from 17 January to 7 April 2013. "The search for traces of Jewish life in our city gives us an idea of how people were living under the Nazi regime," says student Eike Kratzsch. Young people are interested in the history of National Socialism, says the teacher. They also met Jewish witnesses. However, there are still too few German families in the area who talk openly about this period.