Thekla Ruth Jeidel was born on 13 September 1921 in Frankfurt am Main. She has an older brother Walther (1905). He was the son of their father Joseph Jeidel’s first marriage to Selma Seligmann. After the death of his wife Selma, father Joseph married for the second time in May 1920, this time to Recha Wieseneck and over a year later Thekla was born.
Thekla Ruth fled to the Netherlands together with her parents and brother Walther. They settled in The Hague in the autumn of 1936. In the autumn of 1940 they moved to De Bilt.
Thekla-Ruth Jeidel and Alfred Braun got married there on 20 November 1942. Her brother Walther married Alice Paula Rothschild, also in De Bilt, in July 1942.
After their marriage Thekla and Alfred Braun settled in Laag Keppel and together with all the pioneers of kibbutz Laag Keppel they were arrested on 10 April 1943 and transported to Vught.
Alfred had a ‘sperr’ because of his position. This did not help Alfred, nor did their marital status exempt them from transportation to the extermination camps. From Vught they were put on transport to Westerbork in July 1943. About two months later they were transported to Auschwitz. Alfred did forced labour for almost two months and was then murdered. Thekla was killed almost immediately upon arrival, on 3 September 1943.
On 30 April 1943 Thekla’s parents were arrested and taken to Westerbork. On 20 July 1943 they were transported to Sobibor and were killed three days later. Brother Walther was arrested on 19 August 1942 and taken to Westerbork. He was transported to Auschwitz on 28 August 1942 and after eight months of forced labour was murdered on 30 April 1943.
- Recha Jeidel-Wieseneck * 10-02-1889 in Frankfurt am Main † 23-07-1943 in Sobibor and
- Joseph Jeidel * 14-02-1874 in Pfungstadt † 23-07-1943 in Sobibor
Frankfurt am Main
Last known residences in The Netherlands
Den Haag, Cornelis Houtmanstraat 86
Den Haag, Rijklof van Goensstraat 35
De Bilt, Hessenweg 240
De Bilt, Prins Hendriklaan 55
Amsterdam, Geleenstraat 5-II
Laag Keppel, Kibbutzs Laag Keppel
Deportation to Camp Vught Barrack 2a
Deportation to Camp Westerbork Barrack 57
Deportation to Auschwitz