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Dotan Ella Ruth, Dr.

Birth Name
First Name
Ella Ruth
Date of Birth
Place of birth
Other family members

Parents: Mendel and Rachel Bamberger née Winter 
Siblings: Judith m. WallensteinMoses Löb (Martin)Benzion Seligmann Josef Friedel
Spouse: Menashe Dotan (Teichler/Tikhler)              
Children: Rafael and one more child  


Ludwigstraße 13 (now 16)


Oktober 1934 moved to Prague
August 1937 emigrated to Palestine

Date of death
Place of death
Petah Tikva/Israel


Dr. Ella Ruth Dotan, née Bamberger, was a granddaughter of Kissingen’s Rabbi of many years, Moses Löb Bamberger. She was born in Würzburg on February 14, 1912 as the second of four children of Mendel Hirsch Bamberger and his wife Rachel, née Winter. The family lived in Bad Kissingen in Ludwigstrasse, where her father practiced as a dentist. Together with his brother Isaak Bamberger who practiced as a doctor he belonged to the few Zionists in Bad Kissingen. In their liberal attitude, they were also very different from the orthodox family of their father.

Therefore, Ruth Bamberger and her older sister also belonged to the first girls who attended Kissingen Realschule in the Weimar Republic. In May 1922, Ruth changed from the Mary Ward Institute, a school entirely for girls, to Realschule, where she graduated after class 6 in 1928. Her teachers characterize her as a “diligent student” with “good and appealing marks throughout” as well as “impeccable behavior”. According to her student file, she continued her education in a class 7 but it can’t be found out what school she attended (See: Student Files of Jack-Steinberger-Gymnasium).

Not much is to be found on her later curriculum vitae. In October 1934, Ruth Bamberger left Bad Kissingen and moved to Prague. In August 1937, she emigrated to Palestine and there lived with her uncle Isaak in Jerusalem, Jesayastrasse 84. Obviously, she had studied medicine before her emigration, because in her immigration file ‘doctor’ is found as her occupation and her name also includes the title ‘Dr.’.


Ruth Ella Dotan née Bamberger at the beginning of the 1940s.
Ruth's spouse Menashe Dotan (Teichler/Tikhler) (1917 - 1997)

In 1942, she married Menashe Dotan; they had two children together. He was born in Gotha, Thuringia, in 1917 and called himself Menashe Tikhler in the immigration documents. The family lived in Tel Aviv.

Ruth's first child Rafael (1952 - 1972)

Ella Ruth Dotan died in Peta Tikva/Israel in 1957 at the age of 45. Her husband Menashe survived her by four decades; he died in Tel Aviv in 1997. 

Grabstein Ella Ruth Dotan 718592_041472653303jb1k74ec3c_A
Ella Ruth's tombstone


Photo credits

mit Vater Mendel © J. Ayalon
Porträtfotos aus den 1940er Jahren © Israel Archives goes online, Einbürgerungsakte Menashe Tikhlerexterner Link
Foto Rafael Dotan und Grabstein Ruths © Datenbank Myheritage, Familienstammbaum erstellt von Josef Kaganexterner Link