Naftalin (Natalio) Plattring was born on 26 June 1878 in Tarnopol in eastern Galicia (now Ternopil, Ukraine) in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Before the turn of the century, he and his wife Antonie, née Sommer, moved to the Philippines. A merchant, Naftalin planed to set up a pearl-trading business on the island Cebu with the help of an uncle who lived there. While in Cebu, he and his wife had five children. He acquired Philippine citizenship but lost it again in 1926, leaving him stateless. He spoke several languages, including Spanish, for which reason he liked to call himself Natalio.
Around 1922, the family returned to Germany, where they lived in the Marienfelde district of Berlin-Tempelhof. Naftalin Plattring acquired a property at Kirchstraße 85. Two years later he built a house on the site opposite at Kirchstraße 84. The Plattrings also owned a plot of land in Schöneiche outside Berlin.
In 1922, Naftalin Plattring set up a bottle-top factory together with his business partner Rudolf Stern at Potsdamer Straße 61 in Berlin-Schöneberg (now no. 146). Following Stern’s death in 1927, Plattring became the general manager. His sons Friedrich and Adolf also worked in the business as authorized representatives until Naftalin Plattring was forced to sell it under value to his co-partners in 1936. Between 1936 and 1939 all five of the Plattring children managed to escape abroad. Naftalin and Antonie Plattring themselves apparently felt too old to start a new life abroad.
In 1938 the Plattrings were forced to sell their house at Kirchstraße 84 to the factory-owner Wilhelm Brösel, who also acquired the house opposite. They also had to sell their land in Schöneiche. In December 1940 they had to vacate their home at Kirchstraße 84, which they had lately rented, for a sales representative named Otto Ebert. They moved into an apartment at Uhlandstraße 182 in Berlin Charlottenburg as subtenants, occupying one room. On 20 December 1941, the Plattrings and their landlady Ella Rosenbaum received deportation notices. The mandatory declaration of assets, completed before deportation, shows that by that time, Naftalin Plattring owned merely 1 hat, 1 set of underwear, 3 ties, 2 collars and 3 pairs of socks. He no longer had access to his monetary assets of 9000 Reichmarks. These were eventually transferred to the German Reich.
On 13 January 1942, Naftalin Plattring and his wife were sent on the 8th transport, along with 1032 others, to the Riga ghetto. No more was seen or heard of them again.