Theresa Zlotnicki, née Crohn, was born on 29 March 1872 in Czarnikau, Poland. She and her husband Max Zlotnicki had a son and four daughters. Max Zlotnicki is listed in the Berlin directories of the years 1931 to 1937 as a tailor, resident at Fehrbelliner Straße 3. He died in around 1938. In the documents from the population census of May 1939 only Theresa Zlotnicki and her daughter Else are listed at resident at Fehrbelliner Straße 3.
There is no file on Theresa Zlotnicki in the Brandenburg regional archive, only a check sheet with a few pieces of information. These include her last address, which was the Jewish old people’s home at Mahlsdorferstraße 94 in Köpenick. But there is no information on when or why she moved out of her home at Fehrbelliner Straße 3. She might have been forced to leave when security of tenure for Jews was rescinded in April 1939. But perhaps she left because her daughter Vera, who lived in the porter’s lodge of the old people’s home with her husband Heinrich and daughter Ruth, born in 1938, wanted her to live close by.
Theresa Zlotnicki was deported to Theresienstadt on 24 August 1942, aged 70, on the “48th transport to the east”. Later that year she was deported further to Treblinka.
Her daughter Vera was deported to Riga, with her husband and four-year-old daughter, two months later. Her son Erich and two other daughters (Herta Wolfberg, Danzigerstraße 52, and Else David, Käthe-Niederkirchner Straße 25) were deported with their families in February and March 1943 to Auschwitz. Within the space of 6 months, almost an entire extended family comprising three generations had been eradicated. Some family members had tried to escape to Argentina but waited in vain for entry visas. After September 1941, emigration from the Nazi state was forbidden.
Theresa Zlotnicki’s youngest daughter Irina was the only one of the family to survive the Shoah. She and her later husband Kurt Rosen managed to escape to Palestine. Their granddaughter Dafna Bagyan, who lives in Israel, requested stumbling stones for her 16 murdered relatives.