SAMUEL GOLDSTEIN - WEST GREEN ROAD - TOTTENHAM
 SURVIVOR OF THE JEWISH HOLOCAUST IN WW2 

Based upon the research of Prof Rob Franciosi - Allendale- Michigan. USA

 

 

It was in July 1939 and just weeks before the war started that a young Jewish man named Samuel Goldstein escaped to England. He was waiting at a Berlin railway station that would take him to Brussels, where he would board a boat to England and to freedom. He would live alone in the Tottenham area for the next thirty-three years. In October 1941 his mother, Frieda Goldstein, was deported from Berlin to the ghetto in Lodz, Poland, The following May, her life ended in a gas van at the Chelmo extermination camp.

The very ordinariness of Frieda Goldstein’s 71 years is most compelling. She was born in 1871 in the Polish town of Oświęcim—overshadowed today by its German name: Auschwitz. The mother of five children, two boys and three girls, she and her family moved to Berlin in 1920, where her husband, Hirsch Braun, assumed a position as a religious teacher.. After her son’s birth in 1902, and her later move to Berlin, she had worked as a seamstress for thirty-nine years. Samuel became a skilled dentist, and they shared an apartment at 19 Fehrbelliner until the summer of 1939, when the fates of this Jewish mother and son diverged. Like his four siblings, Samuel managed to escape from Nazi  Germany and from the fate which it had in store for his mother.

We are indebted to Professor Rob Franciosi, who is professor of English at Grand Valley State University located in Michigan, USA, who has kindly shared much of his research information with me. I have been able to help provide additional information on the local Tottenham aspects of his research.
  
OSWIECIM POLAND - (Renamed Auschwitz)
 

  
This map shows the location of Oświęcim between Katowice and Krakow in Poland where both Frieda Goldstein and her son Samuel were born. By fateful coincidence, following the occupation of the Germans in WW2 , the town was to be renamed Auschwitz by the Nazi regime. The pictures below show some of the horrors that were later introduced by the Germans for their 'Final Solution' !.
 
 



 


BERLIN - PRE-WAR HOME - FRIEDA AND SAMUEL GOLDSTEIN



PRE-WAR - BERLIN CENSUS RECORD - FRIEDA & SAMUEL GOLDSTEIN - 19 FEHRBELLINER STRASSE

 

Sadly in October 1941 Frieda Goldstein was rounded up, along with many other Jewish people, and deported from Berlin. They were boarded upon trains departing from Grunewald Station where today a monument marks the spot where they were boarded from platform 17. Frieda was deported to the town of Lodz in Poland.


STAIRS TO PLATFORM 17

PLATFORM 17 MARKER FOR DEPARTING JEWS

 

 
SAMUEL GOLDSTEIN'S PRE-WAR PASSPORT

Amazingly, Rob Franciosi has obtained a copy of Samuel's passport from before the war. It’s nice to be able to put a face to his name but the image of the rubber stamp with the Swastika emblem on it brings home the horror that he and his family members were later to endure.

 


 

 

KITCHENER CAMP - RICHBOROUGH NR SANDWICH KENT
On his arrival in England Samuel found refuge in Kitchener Camp on the Kentish coast. Similar to the better-known ‘Kindertransport’, which rescued some 10,000 children, Kitchener became a haven for young Jewish men from Germany and Austria, sheltering 4000 young professionals. The document below shows the registration report for Samuel Goldstein at Kitchener Camp dated 13th July 1939.   Kitchener Camp was located at Richborough near Sandwich in Kent.  On the second page it refers to him being assigned to work at a Denture Repair Laboratories.







 

SAMUEL DAVID GOLDSTEIN- NATURALISATION - OATH OF ALLEGIANCE
Following his release from Kitchener Camp a little later in the war, Samuel was to live briefly at two other addresses in Stamford Hill: 88 Amhurst Park, London N16 and 2 Linthorpe Rd, Stamford Hill, N16, respectively where he applied for and received his 'Naturalization Certificate', and also swore an 'Oath of Allegiance' to the United Kingdom.
 


 


 

SAMUEL (SAMMY) GOLDSTEIN - WEST GREEN ROAD TOTTENHAM
 Shortly after the war Samuel moved to West Green Road, Tottenham, where he was to spend the rest of his life. According to his death certificate, David Samuel Goldstein lived at 35 West Green Road, Tottenham where he also worked as a dental mechanic.
 



THIS OLD MAP DATING FROM 1936 SHOWS THE LOCATION OF SAMUEL GOLDSTEIN'S PREMISES AT 35 WEST GREEN ROAD.
IT HAS BEEN ANNOTATED IN 'RED' ON THE SOUTHSIDE OF WEST GREEN ROAD BETWEEN WESTERFIELD ROAD
 AND THE OLD STATION ENTRANCE.



WEST GREEN ROAD 1953 - SAMUEL GOLDSTEIN'S SHOP
HAS ALSO BEEN ANNOTATED IN RED 

WEST GREEN ROAD 2022 - LOCATION OF 35 WEST GREEN ROAD
IMAGE BY GOOGLE MAPS


FORMER ENTRANCE TO SEVEN SISTERS STATION
JUST YARDS FROM 35 WEST GREEN ROAD




FORMER ENTRANCE TO SEVEN SISTERS STATION
LOOKING WEST TOWARDS BRUNSWICK ROAD



THE ABOVE EXTRACT SHOWS THE ENTRY FOR SAMUEL GOLDSTEIN IN THE 1965 ELECTORAL ROLL FOR WEST GREEN ROAD
THIS WAS THE LAST ELECTORAL ROLL ENTRY FOUND BUT WE HAVE OTHERS DATING FROM THE EARLY 1950'S

DEATH CERTIFICATE -  (DANIEL) SAMUEL GOLDSTEIN -  QTR 1 1972

 

 

MEMORIES OF SAMUEL (SAMMY) GOLDSTEIN BY DAVID WATKINSON
 Just an update on this Hidden History story. I had  posted a message on several of  the Tottenham 'Local History' Facebook pages and I was delighted when I received a wonderful message from a gentleman who in his youth worked casually for Samuel Goldstein in West Green Road. He tells me that he was always known as 'Sammy' in the immediate neighbourhood and was well liked and respected by everyone. Apparently, in addition to the shop in West Green Road, 'Sammy' also had shops in Stamford Hill, Harringay and Ilford. He employed a small number of people in these shops and looked after them well. My contact tells me that on his birthday Sammy would buy him an LP record. He also tells me that Sammy's flat above the shop was quite opulent for the day and a picture, which he believes could have been his mother, was displayed in a prominent position. One other wonderful memory he had was that Sammy would give quite a large discount on repairs carried out for West Indian and other immigrants and, having now read this story, it is obvious why he did so
 

 

 

THE STOLPERSTEINE PROJECT
Here is the backgound to his Project in the words of Rob Franciosi

 Stolpersteine literally means 'stumbling stone', metaphorically a 'stumbling block' and is a sett-size, ten-centimetre (3.9 in) concrete cube bearing a Brass plate inscribed with the name and life dates of victims of Nazi extermination or persecution. The Stolperstein project draws power from locality, its brass markers declaring that victims once lived right where passers-by stand. So, he plans to trace his subjects’ broader histories on the ground to better understand Frieda’s journey from Oświęcim to Berlin to Łodz and Chelmno; and Samuel’s path from Berlin to a British refugee camp and later life in London.




PREVIEW OF PROBABLE WORDING FOR FRIEDA AND SAMUEL GOLDSTEIN
Built upon his archival research, correspondence, and upcoming visits to relevant localities, his Stumbling Upon Strangers will follow a micro-historical path to distinguish the individual stories of Frieda and Samuel Goldstein. Next month he will be visiting both Berlin and London to retrace the journeys the victims once trod.

Later this year two stolpersteine for Frieda and Samuel Goldstein will be installed outside 19 Fehrbelliner Strasse in Berlin. They will join other small brass markers, or “stumbling stones,” set in sidewalks outside the last residences of Nazi victims to commemorate their lives and fates.

 
PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING 19 FEHRBELLINER  STRASSE  
My Grandson James currently lives and works in Berlin, not far from this address, and also within walking distance of the station in Berlin from where Frieda Goldstein was deported, He has kindly sent me 3 photographs showing the address as it looks today. Clearly the original buildings have long been demolished and replaced with more modern structures.

     

 

DEDICATION OF STOLPERSTEIN PLAQUES

Since the above photographs were taken the plaques have now been inserted in the pavement outside the location
 of the Goldstein's  former home at 19 Fehrbelliner Strasse, Berlin

Photographs courtesy of Rob Franciosi

 

 

We hope you agree that this has been a truly fascinating story about a humble and lonely man and the atrocities that befell him and his family during WW2. It is comforting to know that he was able to settle in West Green Road Tottenham, where his small business as a Dental mechanic was to flourish and indeed expand to more than one shop.  To also learn that he was well known and respected in the neighbourhood and acknowledged as 'Sammy' to people who knew him is heartening news.

 

 

Article prepared by Alan Swain - September 2022

We are indebted to Prof Franciosi for sharing his research information with us along with photographs.

We acknowledge the use of selected extracts from his report and subsequent emails to help build this story.