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The Herbert Lichtenstein Collection

By Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre

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Georg and Margarete Lichtenstein lived in Berlin, Germany and had two children: Erna and Herbert. After Georg's death in 1931, the family continued to live in Berlin. In the late 1930's, as the situation in Germany deteriorated, Margarete, like many other Jews, was desperate to leave. In 1936 she managed to secure travel documents to South Africa for her son Herbert and herself, but not for her daughter Erna. Faced with this dilemma she chose to remain in Berlin with Erna. At the end of 1936, Herbert left for South Africa, where his uncle resided, hoping that his mother and sister would soon follow. His efforts to secure their passage were sadly unsuccessful. In 1940, Herbert joined the 1st Pretoria Regiment of the South African Army, and fought the Nazis in North Africa and Italy. Only after the war did Herbert discover that both his mother and sister were murdered in the Holocaust. Georg died of ill-health in Berlin in 1931. Margarete (Neé Riese), born 18 March 1884; deported from Berlin to Riga, Latvia, where she was shot 30 November 1941. Erna, born 25 May 1915; deported from Berlin to Riga, Latvia on 27 November 1941; murdered in Stutthof concentration camp, Poland, 9 August 1944. Herbert, born 8 September 1918; emigrated to Johannesburg in 1936; died in 1999.

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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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