Postwar Berlin

Baking Matzahs

"Much of their wealth and their holdings was gone."

"They were not able to move back into the former home, but they moved into an apartment near where they had lived. I believe the original structure was bombed. And I know that they were able to collect some of their original belongings they had left with non-Jewish friends, but much of their wealth and their holdings was gone.

My grandfather took employment with an American-administered Jewish relief agency and went back into baking. And most of his activity in the springtime was involved with baking matzahs for Passover. That was a major activity for him.

[He had not been a baker before he was a leather merchant], but his grandfather and father were. In fact Isaac Jacobi, his father, was a master baker."