Erich Stargardt was born on 12 August 1898 in Berlin, the son of Jacob and Clara Stargardt, née Lindenfeld. He had a sister, Dorothea, who was two years older than him. In the 1930s he and his family lived at Alt-Moabit 85a. From 1935 to 1938, Erich Stargardt earned a living as a sales representative.
The family’s declaration of assets shows that Erich’s parents’ last place of residence was the old people’s home at Iranische Strasse 2, where they probably moved in 1941. Jacob and Clara Stargardt were forced to conclude a ‘home purchasing contract’ for their resettlement in Theresienstadt, involving payment of 6250 Reichmarks, supposedly to cover all their board and lodging until they turned 85. On 29 January 1943 Jacob and Clara Stargardt were deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto on the “84th transport of the elderly”. Jacob Stargardt died just 16 days later, on 14 February 1943; his wife Clara died a few days later.
After Jacob and Clara Stargardt had moved into the old people’s home on Iranische Strasse, their children, Erich and Dorothea, were probably forced to move out of their former home and rent accommodation as subtenants. Erich Stargardt worked – most likely as a forced labourer – for the Kurt Seydel company in Bülow Strasse in Berlin. He and his sister Dorothea were deported during the Nazis’ March 1943 “factory campaign” to Auschwitz, on the “31st transport to the East”, and murdered.