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Portrait of Margot (Miriam) and Gerhard (Gad) Beck

Gerhard and Margot's mother came from a Protestant family. She met her future husband when she went to work in the telephone exchange at his company. She converted to Judaism in 1920. The couple married in 1920, and in 1923 had their twins Gerhard and Margot. Both Gerhard and Margot would become active in Jewish youth movements, and took on Hebrew names (Gad and Miriam). 

On February 17, 1943, Gad was ordered to report to the temporary internment camp established at a former Jewish community building on the Rosenstrasse. He was detained there until March 6, when the group was released following a demonstration.

Later, in the spring of 1943 Gad joined the Chug Halutzi, a clandestine group of Jewish youth in Berlin, most of whom were living in hiding. Because Gad had contacts among both Christians and homosexuals, he was able to arrange hiding places for members of his group. 


  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Jizchak Schwersenz
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Portrait of Margot (Miriam) and Gerhard (Gad) Beck

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