A new novel tells the story of the Jewish Nazi collaborator Stella Goldschlag. Who was the blonde chasing Jews in Berlin?
Berlin in 1943: Much of the Jewish population has already been taken to concentration camps, has voluntarily left the city or has disappeared. Stella Goldschlag, 21 years old, Jewish, also lives in the underground. Then, in the spring, the blonde woman with the light blue eyes is arrested and taken to a collective camp with her parents, composer and singer. In order to save the parents from being deported to one of the Nazi extermination camps, Goldschlag becomes involved in an agreement with the devil: After being tortured by the SS, the young woman agrees to hunt for Jews for the national socialists in Berlin from then on. of – as a so-called "gripper".
The book "Stella" by Takis Würger (published by Hanser Verlag) now tells the unusual biography of the Jewish Jewish hunter – according to "Bild" Würger used "the historical material as a free template" for his novel.
The real Stella Goldschlag was just one of many Jews forced to cooperate by the Nazis. However, her methods were particularly perfidious. Goldschlag sought out hidden Jews throughout the city and was so efficient that they even got their own weapon from the Gestapo. So Goldschlag could arrest his victims without having to wait for the Gestapo. Goldfall even went to indoctrination to arrest Jewish women after their non-Jewish partner died – and was now banned. In the hands of her victims, she searched for address books to identify other submerged Jews.
"The source of constant terror"
"For those of us who lived underground in Berlin, Stella was a source of constant terror. All our activities were determined by the need to escape," wrote survivor Ernst Günter Fontheim in a letter to the New York Times in 1993. How many Jews became the victim of Stella Goldschlag is not exactly known – the numbers vary between 600 and 3000 people Even when both Goldschlag's parents and her husband were deported and murdered by the Nazis, "Blonde Ghost in Berlin" was looking for those who hid.
After the war, Golschlag tried to imitate the Nazis, but was arrested for his work for the Gestapo in the Soviet occupation zone in Berlin and sentenced to ten years in a camp. Also in West Berlin, where Goldschlag wanted to settle after their attachments, a court sentenced "grappler" to ten years in prison – a sentence she no longer had to serve, since her Soviet term was spoken. A psychiatric reviewer appointed by the court described Goldschlag as emotionally "seriously poor," her feelings "cold" and her thinking "very self-centered".
Stella Goldschlag as a musical star
In postwar, Germany Goldschlag trained first as a nurse and emigrated to Israel in 1967. Later, she returned to the Federal Republic, first lived in Berlin, then in southern Germany, where she died in 1994: Stella Goldschlag died at the age of 72 from the balcony of the apartment in Freiburg to his death.
The recently published short story by Würger is not the first artistic exploration of Stella Goldschlag's hazy, disturbing life story. Summer 2016 marked "Stella" Berlin – a musical about the notorious Nazi partner.
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