A further school expansion

Because the number of boarders had constantly increased, another house had to be rented. It enabled the girls to have their own home. It was located at Berkaer Straže 31, a few minutes walk from the other two buildings.    On the 15th and 16th of October 1936, the Schulrat, (Inspector of Schools) Herr Pott, came to visit the school and on the 21st of October, he sent his report to the Staatskommissar (State Commissioner of Prussia) of Berlin. [1]   He described the school as a High School located in two rented properties at Kronbergerstraže 24 and Hohenzollerndam 110 and stated that alterations to the original buildings had been done in accordance with the plans as ordered by the Staatskommissar (State Commissioner of Prussia). He described the teaching materials as adequate and the gym and playing fields of the school as exceptional. He was impressed by the highly qualified staff who, because of the rapid expansion of the school, were coping with great difficulties. Completing the syllabus presented problems as students with very different backgrounds - some had learnt Latin and Greek first, some had started with English rather than French - had joined the school. To overcome these, 5 teachers were employed by the Dr.Leonore Goldschmidt Schule to give the required bridging courses. Attached to the report were two lists registering the number of students that were in every class on the 26th of May 1936 and on the 15th of October 1936. They showed that the junior school had 78 pupils in October up by 6 pupils from May and the senior school had 249 pupils up by 33 pupils. Schulrat Pott's report was favourable and must have helped Lore's applications for the Abitur and the English Examination Centre.

 

But on the 10th of November 1936, [2] Hassenstein on behalf of the Staatskommissar (State Commissioner of Prussia) of Berlin wrote an internal memo to the Reichsminister fčr Wissenschaft (German State Minister for Science) which contained a most disturbing sentence, quote: "So far nothing untoward about the political attitude of the teaching staff has become known to me". Further he stated that after a conversation with Regierungs und Schulrat (Counsellor to the Government and Inspector of Schools) Fielitz and with Regierungsrat (Counsellor to the Minister) Dr.Klamroth, he would not forward the application for the Abitur from the 26th of May 1936. On the same day, however, in a second internal memo to the Reichsminister (German Government Minister), he forwarded Dr.Leonore Goldschmidt's application to have her school included in the list of schools which could be used as an English Examination Centre. He added that he had earlier asked the Deutsche Pädagogische Auslandsstelle (German Education Foreign Service Registry) for their opinion and had received a favourable reply from them. He assured the Reichsminister that the Dr.Leonore Goldschmidt school had adequate facilities to prepare students for the English examinations but then questioned, whether in fact a Jewish school should be considered at all. On the other hand, if permission were granted, Jews might leave Germany more quickly. Leonore Goldschmidt, who was not aware of these internal memos and the delays caused by Hassenstein, received a letter from him stating that, as he had not received any directive from the Minister fčr Wissenschaft (Minister for Science) about an English Examination Centre at her school, he could not give permission to employ Mr.Woolley, the English teacher as requested by her on the 10th of November 1936. [3] On the 4th of December, Ernst Goldschmidt   [4] acting as Rechtsanwalt (legal advisor) to the school, submitted a second set of applications directly to the Reichsminister fčr Wissenschaft (State Minister of Science).


[1] Submission by Inspector Pott to the Staatskommissar, Berlin, 21/10/1936, Bundesarchiv, Potsdam

[2] Memo from Hassenstein to Reichsminister, 22/10/1936, Bundesarchiv, Potsdam

[3] Letter from Hassenstein to Leonore Goldschmidt, 3/12/1936

[4] Letter by Ernst Goldschmidt to the Reichsminister, 4/12/1936, Bundesarchiv, Potsdam