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Grete Stern (born Feldsberg), 2014.

Grete Stern, nee Feldsberg, and her mother Irma Feldsberg, photo taken in the early 1930s.

Grete Feldsberg in the mid-thirties before her family moved to Vienna.

Grete Feldsberg, about 1946.

The picture shows the Feldsberg family in the late 1920s in front of a wine cellar in Mistelbach. Grete Feldsberg’s mother, Irma, is sitting on the far right of the left-hand bench. Grete is standing on the far right with her father Ignaz Feldsberg’s arm around her.

Prescription of a "security deposit" to Grete's father Ignaz Feldsberg, invoking §7 of the Reich Flight Tax Law (Reichsflucht¬steuer¬gesetz). Reich Flight Tax was payable at leaving the German Reich. Originally created in 1931 against capital flight abroad, under the Nazi regime it became an effective part of the Nazi plunder and annihilation policy against the Jewish population and other people fleeing persecution from the German Reich.

Five of these transports led to “Litzmannstadt ghetto” in Łódź, Poland. Grete and her mother, Irma Feldsberg, were on the first transport on October 15, 1941.

Tenement building in the city of Vienna, Biberstraße 26, which Ignaz Feldsberg had bought and his daughter Grete was to inherit. In 1937, Grete’s family moved into one of the flats. Soon after the annexation of Austria to NS-Germany in March 1938, Jewish homeowners were expropriated. The Feldsbergs had to share the flat with other expropriated Jewish families until the deportations in fall 1941.

The farewell to her grandmother was the most painful experience for Grete Feldsberg.