Hans Asch was born on 16 July 1901 in Berlin. His parents Martin and Clara Asch, née Falkenstein, also had three other children: Hans’ older brother Kurt (born 1900), his younger sister Ellen (born 1909) and the youngest of the family, Ralph (born 1918).
Hans Asch became a concert pianist. He married, but was divorced from his wife in the early 1940s. In 1939 he lived at Lutherstraße 51 (now Keithstraße 14) in the Schöneberg district of Berlin, but on 21 July 1942 he moved to another apartment very close by, at Courbière Straße 1, also in Schöneberg, where he lived as a subtenant of Ms Sarah Elting. He was probably forced to move here.
He last worked at a textiles factory, Spinnstofffabrik Zehlendorf A.G., in Wupper Straße, Zehlendorf, as a forced labourer, paid 71½ pfennigs per hour.
On 28 August 1942, he diligently completed and signed a declaration of assets, as required before deportation. In the section on cash ownership, he declared “nothing”. His sole remaining assets were 7kg wood, 1kg potatoes, a two-part coffee set, a between-seasons coat, two ties, four collars and two pairs of socks. He did not fail to mention “approx. 2 undervests and 1 pair of mittens” that were still at his parents’ home at Motzstraße 27. He even took the trouble to add the following note of explanation under his signature: “Postscript: Slight variations are possible as the list was completed in absence of the apartment. Hans Israel Asch.”
Hans Asch was deported to Riga with the “19th transport to the East” on 5 September 1942 and murdered immediately on arrival, on 8 September 1942.