Bruno Hirschfeld was born on 6 July 1887 in Berlin. A Jewish tradesman, he married a woman two years’ his senior, Klara Freund. In 1913 their son Hans-Heinz was born in Berlin. On 15 August 1940, the Freund family moved in to two furnished attic rooms at Waldweg 19 (now Franziusweg 63) in Lichtenrade, district of Tempelhof, as subtenants of Johanna Maass (see Maass).
Together with his wife and son, Bruno Hirschfeld was deported on 13 June 1942 on the 15th transport to Sobibor extermination camp in German-occupied Poland. At Lublin station, the transportees were put through a “selection” process and Klara and Bruno Hirschfeld were separated from their son. None of the approximately 740 people deported with them survived.
Immediately after the Hirschfeld family’s deportation, the contents of the apartment at Waldweg 19 were valued at 304.00 Reich marks and sold to the subsequent tenant, whose previous home had been destroyed by bombing. The “asset reclamation office”, under the Chief of Finance, was responsible for the liquidation of all deported and murdered Jews’ assets, and had been set up especially for this purpose.