Born on December 16, 1864 in Binswangen/Bavaria
Murdered in the Theresienstadt ghetto concentration camp in 1942
Interned in Weißenstein in February 1942

When 22-year-old Ida Feigenbaum married the Stuttgart merchant Jakob Krailsheimer, she joined a very prominent family: her brother-in-law Dr. Nathan Krailsheimer was a highly respected doctor in Stuttgart and had been head of ophthalmology at the Katharinenhospital for two years. Ida’s father-in-law had founded a cotton goods factory and Ida’s husband ran it together with her brother-in-law Bernhard. Ida also came from a merchant’s family; she was the third of seven siblings.

One year after the wedding, their daughter Elisabeth was born, who would later become an English language teacher; another year later, the Krailsheimers were happy to celebrate the birth of their daughter Martha. Much too early, in August 1904, Ida became a widow; the daughters were only 16 and 17 years old respectively.

Ida Krailsheimer in 1921 (Source: State Archives Ludwigsburg)

While Martha soon married and moved away from Stuttgart, the older daughter remained single until 1922 and lived with her mother. Elisabeth then decided to marry the non-Jewish bank clerk Georg Gussmann and during the Nazi era, the ‘mixed marriage’ enabled Elisabeth to survive.

During the Nazi era, Ida had to leave the apartment in which she had lived for decades. At the beginning of February, she was sent to the Schloss Weißenstein forced residential home; in August of the same year, she was sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. There she died miserably at the age of 78.

(29.07.2023 kmr/ww)