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[[ImageFile:Else Hirsch stolperstein in Bochum.jpg|250px|thumb|[[Stolperstein]] for Hirsch on sidewalk in downtown Bochum]]
 
'''Else Hirsch''' (29 July 1889 – 1942 or 1943) was a Jewish teacher in [[Bochum]], Germany and a member of the [[German Resistance]] against the [[Third Reich]]. She organized transports of Jewish children to the [[Netherlands]] and [[England]], saving them from [[Nazi]] deportation to [[concentration camps]] and death. Hirsch was killed in the [[Riga Ghetto]].
 
==Biography==
Born in [[Bützow]], [[Schwerin]], Hirsch came from [[Berlin]] to Bochum at the end of 1926 and lived with her mother. She had taken her teaching exam to qualify as a teacher of older children, but was unemployed and was assigned (and required) to teach at the Jewish school. She was initially less than pleased with this, but soon threw herself into her work.<ref name="city">[http://www.bochum.de/C125708500379A31/vwContentByKey/W27FWG9W912BOLDDE Biography of Else Hirsch]. City of Bochum official website. Retrieved 24 April 2010 {{de icon}}</ref> In her free time, Hirsch worked at the Bochum Jewish Women's Club and gave [[Hebrew language|Hebrew]] lessons to girls, until these activities were denied her by the Nazis in autumn 1933. <ref name="city" /><ref name="Finketal">Karin Finkbohner, Betti Helbing, Carola Horn, Anita Krämer, Astrid Schmidt-Ritter, Kathy Vowe. ''Wider das Vergessen — Widerstand und Verfolgung Bochumer Frauen und Zwangsarbeiterinnen 1933 – 1945'', pgs. 62-63. Europäischer Universitätsverlag; ISBN 9783932329623978-3-932329-62-3 {{de icon}}</ref>
 
In October 1937, she took a course in [[English language|English]] at the [[Reichsvertretung der Deutschen Juden]] in [[Berlin]] in order to be able to give English lessons to those who might be able to emigrate. She travelled to [[British Mandate of Palestine|Palestine]] in June 1938, probably to contact the [[Youth Aliyah]].<ref name="Finketal" />