Ilse Weber-I Wandered Through Theresienstadt.

History of Sorts


Ilse Weber (January 11, 1903 – October 6, 1944) née Herlinger, was born in Witkowitz near Mährisch-Ostrau. A Jewish poet, she wrote in German, most notably songs and theater pieces for Jewish children. She married Willi Weber in 1930. She was transported to Auschwitz with the children of Theresienstadt and killed in the gas chambers, along with her son, Tommy.

Ilse Weber was a Czech author and songwriter. She wrote children’s fiction, and her most popular book was “Mendel Rosenbusch: Tales for Jewish Children” (1929). She had learned to sing and play guitar, lute, mandolin and balalaika, but she had never sought a career as a musician. When the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939, the Webers were able to get their eldest son,Hanuš, to safety in Sweden through Kindertransport.


Hanuš was sent first to the U.K. to live with a friend of his mother who was the daughter of a Swedish diplomat…

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