Rudolf (Rudolph) Bachrach

Am Hirschsprung 61
Stone was laid
21 June 2022
05 March 1877 in Schwalenberg (Lippe-Detmold)
19 September 1941 in Sammellager Gerlachstraße 19/22 in Mitte
on 03 October 1942 to Theresienstadt
22 November 1942 in Theresienstadt

Rudolf (Rudolph) Bachrach was born on March 5, 1877 in Schwalenberg (Lippe-Detmold). His parents were Berta and Samson Bachrach.
His wife Alice was born on April 6, 1885 in Neumarkt (Silesia), now Sroda Slaska (Poland), as the daughter of Amalie and Paul Glaser. Rudolf and Alice married on October 12, 1909 in Breslau. On August 8, 1912, their only son Karl was born in Berlin-Charlottenburg. According to his reports, the family lived in their home with a telephone connection at Am Hirschsprung 61 from September 1927 to March 1939. Rudolf Bachrach was a qualified engineer and worked for the company Sachsenwerk Licht & Kraft A.G. appointed as director. In this capacity he was also temporarily deputy chairman of the Association of the German Radio Industry and a member of the trade fair office of the city of Berlin (affidavit by Charles Karl Barklay February 13, 1962). As a result, he also had a significant involvement with at least one radio exhibition in Berlin. All that is known about his wife is that she was a housewife.
After the parish church council approved the couple's admission into the Protestant church on August 10, 1939, they were baptized on August 17, 1939 by Vicar Wolfgang Saß in the St. Anne's Church.

The fact that the couple left their house in Dahlem and moved to Hektorstrasse 3 in Halensee in 1940 and 1941 may have been forced or had economic reasons. The apartment in the apartment building cost 96 RM (Reichsmark) rent, had at least 3 ½ rooms and central heating with hot water. The “small, partially furnished living room/men's room [...] with a closet and use of the kitchen” in her “Jewish apartment” was temporarily sublet to Luise Wolff for 20 RM. The homeowner, Wilhelm Lefebre, lived in the house. He was also of Jewish descent and had to use the forced middle name “Israel”. On September 19, 1941, Rudolf Bachrach was arrested there and taken to the collection camp at Gerlachstrasse 19/22 in the Mitte district, which he did not leave until his deportation. From the same day, his wife was obliged to wear the “Judenstern”. At least 66 other residents of Hektorstrasse in the Wilmersdorf district were abducted. The Bachrachs' former house in Dahlem was uninhabited for a year before it was handed over to Consul L. Happich in 1941.

On October 3, 1942, the “3. “large transport of old people” with over 1000 people from the Moabit freight station to the Theresienstadt ghetto, now Terezin in the Czech Republic, where the freight wagons arrived the next day. Rudolf and Alice Bachrach were also on the transport. They had the numbers 135 and 136 in the transport list. On November 22, 1942, Rudolf died in Theresienstadt at the age of 65 from “blockage of the coronary arteries of the heart,” as an official death notice would have you believe. The funeral took place two days later. On May 16, 1944, Alice Bachrach was deported from the Theresienstadt transit camp to the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp, where she died or was murdered. The official date of death was May 8, 1945, the end of the war. Less than 10 percent of those “deported” returned after the war, which earned the transport “Ea” the characterization of a “death transport”.

Their son Karl was sales manager at Tegro Technische Großhandlungsgesellschaft m.b.H. from 1934. busy. On November 19 (or 10) 1938 he was arrested as a result of the Nuremberg Laws and imprisoned in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp until December 21, 1938. He was then dismissed without notice by his employer. On March 21, 1939, he emigrated to England and was a recipient of support from English committees there until May 1940. In the same year he was sent to Canada, where he was looked after by the Canadian government in a refugee camp until the end of January 1942. In February 1942 he got his first permanent job. Karl settled in Canada, changed his name to Charles Karl Barclay in 1944, married and worked as a merchant. He survived the war.