Hugo Spiegel as Champion Shot
"In Warendorf’s shooting club ‘Hinter den 3 Brücken,’ my father was announced champion shot in 1962. This was no doubt a symbolic occasion: It was the first time that a Jew had been made champion shot in Warendorf or Münsterland, or even in Germany," said Paul Spiegel, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany from 2000 to 2006, of his father. And he continued: "He was a worthy champion – but also one who gave the matter much consideration. When we (…) were finally alone, he, who never talked about the past said (…): ‘You see! It was right to come home to Warendorf!’ And then, almost silently: ‘If only our Roselchen could have seen this …’"
The cattle dealer Hugo Spiegel (1905–1987) was descended from a traditional Jewish family that had lived in Westfalen for several centuries. He fled with his family to Brussels following the Night of Broken Glass. He was arrested and deported in 1940.
Spiegel survived the concentration camp and returned to Warendorf after his liberation. His wife and son, who had survived in hiding, also returned shortly after him. Their daughter Rosa was murdered in Auschwitz. Hugo Spiegel took up his work as a cattle dealer again and worked dedicatedly on rebuilding the Jewish community in Münster.
The photograph showing Hugo Spiegel as champion shot is one of a series by the renowned photographer Leonard Freed (1929–2006). He documented the revival of the Jewish communities in West Germany in 1961/62.
From the series "German Jews Today"
Silver gelatine print on baryt paper
35 x 23,6 cm