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Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany — Central Europe
 

Guiollettstrasse 62: Das Britische Konsulat / The British Consulate

 
 
Guiollettstrasse 62: Das Britische Konsulat / The British Consulate Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 26, 2022
1. Guiollettstrasse 62: Das Britische Konsulat / The British Consulate Marker
Inscription.  
Im Hause Guiollettstrasse 62 befand sich bis 1939 das Britische Generalkonsulat. Von 1932 bis zum Kriegsausbruch 1939 waren hier Robert T. Smallbones und Arthur Dowden Als General- Konsul und Vizekonsul tätig. Durch den selbstlosen und mutigen Einsatz der beiden Diplomaten wurden in dieser Zeit mehrere tausend Juden vor der Nationalsozialistischen Verfolgung gerettet. Besonders nach den Novemberpogromen 1938 war das Konsulat Zufluchtsort für hunderte Verfolgte.

“Was diese Männer viele Monate lang Tag für Tag an Zuspruch Rat und Hilfe den armen Menschen gegeben Haben, die das Wartezimmer füllten, ist ein leuchtendes Beispiel echter Menschenliebe.”
(Rabbiner Dr. Georg Salzberger)

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The British Consulate General was located at Guiollettstrasse 62 until 1939. From 1932 until the outbreak of war in 1939, Robert T. Smallbones was Consul General and Arthur Dowden Vice Consul. During this period, as a result of the selfless courage and commitment of these diplomats, thousands of Jews were saved from Nazi persecution. Particularly in the days following
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the November 1938 pogrom the consulate became a haven for hundreds of victims.

"Day by day during a period of several months, these men provided comfort advice and help to the unfortunate people filling the waiting room. This is surely a shining example of true humanity."
(Rabbi Dr. Georg Salzberger)

 
Erected 2013.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the The Holocaust series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1938.
 
Location. 50° 6.877′ N, 8° 39.754′ E. Marker is in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen (Hesse). Marker is at the intersection of Guiollettstrasse and Feuerbachstraße, on the right when traveling east on Guiollettstrasse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frankfurt am Main HE 60325, Germany. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elisabeth Schumacher (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ehemalige Gestapozentrale / Former Gestapo Headquarters (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Das Neue Theater/ The New Theatre (approx. half a kilometer away); Unterlindau Synagoge (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); George C. Marshall and the Marshall Plan (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Alte Oper / The Old Opera House (approx.
Guiollettstrasse 62: Das Britische Konsulat / The British Consulate Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 26, 2022
2. Guiollettstrasse 62: Das Britische Konsulat / The British Consulate Marker - wide view
The former British consulate is the building in the background.
0.7 kilometers away); Horst Lippmann (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Hauptbahnhof - Main Station (approx. 0.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfurt am Main.
 
Also see . . .  Gedenktafel für britischen Generalkonsul enthüllt (Die Welt, May 9, 2013). German language article on the plaque unveiling (title translates to: "Plaque unveiled for British Consul-General")
Excerpt (in translation): "Especially after the November 1938 pogrom, they issued as many entry visas as possible. Up to 48,000 Jews, including Georg Salzberger, Rabbi of the Westend synagogue, were able to leave the country thanks to their help."
(Submitted on September 13, 2022.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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