Attention: Solidary kerb!

„I cannot visit a church where they pray for the Fuehrer and the victory of Germany“. Instead of visiting the Christian service, a mechanic from Nuremberg, Ernst Rummel (*1880), buys a yellow handkerchief, puts it in the breast pocket of his jacket as a well visible sign of solidarity with the Jews who were forced to wear the Yellow Star and participates every Friday evening at the Jewish service in Gostenhof. Almost every day, he cooks potatoes for starving Russian forced labourers, which they can take from the curb in passing. After the early destruction of the synagogue at present-day Hans-Sachs-Platz in 1938, the cultural areas at the Obere Kanalstraße 25 in Gostenhof were the last places of Jewish life in Nuremberg at that time.


Historical image-source: StadtAN A38 D-102-3

The fact that wearing the Yellow Star as a Non-Jew was a perilous act didn’t interest Rummel too much as he intended to set a mark against the majority of the protestant church that was close to the regime and to sympathize with the haunted. Rummel‘s humane attitude and his imperturbable courage get apparent in further acts: A contemporary witness reported that from 1942 on, Rummel regularly supplied a befriended Jewish family with small doses of food, that he had scrimped and saved. At the same time he took care of underage women who were deported from Russia in livestock wagons to work as slaves for the German military production. Many of them were without shoes and starving. Almost every day, Rummel cooked potatoes for these young women, which they could take from the curb unnoticed in passing. Rummel‘s courage was not noticed by the authorities. He lived in Nuremberg until his death in 1956.

Source: testimon Verlag