Alex Seelig appears in the Berlin directories from 1911 onwards – until 1917 as a manufacturer with the company C. Gregurke, specialists in hat linings, cap peaks and millinery leathers, resident at Cöpenicker Strasse 108, Berlin SO 16. By 1918, he had bought his own house, with a telephone connection, at Karl Strasse 110, Lichterfelde-West. In 1934, Karl Strasse was renamed Baseler Strasse and the numbering was changed. Alex Seelig was henceforth listed as a man of private means, resident at number 27. His name last appears in the Berlin directory in 1941.
At the time of the 1939 population census, Alex Seelig lived in the house at Baseler Strasse with his wife Gertrud, née Wolffenberg, and his daughter Erna with her husband Kurt.
Nothing is known of the fate of his wife.
Also registered as living in the house at Baseler Strasse were the subtenants L. Baer, a widow whose fate is unknown, and Wally Korytowski (born 22 May 1894 in Bad Brambach), who was listed in the 1929 Bad Brambach directory as a business-owner and in around 1941-42 was employed by Seelig as a household help. Classified in December 1942 as having “disappeared some time ago”, she apparently went into hiding. She survived the Nazi period and died in 1988 in Munich.
Alex Seelig was deported on 11 September 1942 to Theresienstadt and on 29 September to Treblinka, where he was murdered.
The “declaration of assets” that he was certainly forced to complete no longer exists in the finance authority files.
His daughter Erna Friedländer, née Seelig, and her husband Julius Kurt were forced to move to Drake Strasse 47, from where they were deported in February 1943 to Auschwitz and murdered.