Alfred Fendler, born on 13 May 1924 in Berlin, lived with his younger brother Harry and their widowed mother Lina Fendler, née Koppelmann, at Bahn Strasse 42/42a (today Crelle Strasse 42). His parents had emigrated as stateless persons from Russia to Berlin before the First World War. The family lived in a building that their father co-owned and – until his death in 1937/38 – managed. No more is currently known about the family.
Alfred Fendler was made to perform forced labour for the Hermann Henseler machinery and equipment firm at Hollmann Strasse 32 in Kreuzberg.
Alfred and Harry Fendler were deported to Auschwitz along with almost 1000 others on the 29th “transport to the East” on 19 February 1943. This transport also included 24 Jews from Hamburg and eight German Jews who had emigrated from Germany to Finland. They had been arrested and taken to Berlin following Finland’s occupation by the German army. After the selection process on arrival in Auschwitz-Birkenau, 772 people were immediately killed in the gas chambers on 20 February 1943. Alfred Fendler was probably selected for work duty. According to his death certificate he died aged 19 on 15 March 1943.
At the request of a relative, death certificates were issued for the Fendler brothers and their mother in 1950/51.