„Vielleicht sind wir aber auch nicht mehr am Leben“ – Der Bericht von Erich und Elsbeth Frey von 1942 für ihre Töchter im Exil

The blind Jewish bank employee Erich Frey, his wife Elsbeth and their daughters Liselott and Marie Anne lived in National Socialist Berlin. The children emigrated to Great Britain and to Mandatory Palestine. The parents were not able to follow them. In April and May 1942, Erich Frey, with the support of his wife, wrote a dense and descriptive report to inform the children about their life in Germany. One of the originally four versions has reached the daughters after the Second World War. Until March 1943, Erich Frey had worked  in Otto Weidt’s workshop for the blind in Berlin-Mitte, Rosenthaler Strasse 39. With deportation looming, he and his wife went underground. In the beginning of April 1944 the couple was tracked down by the Gestapo and taken to Theresienstadt. From there they were transported to Auschwitz, where they both died. Historian Kurt Schilde edited the report and researched the family history of the Freys.

Author(s): Kurt Schilde

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