Clara Stargardt, née Lindenfeld, was born on 25 September 1871 in Kassel. She married Jacob Stargardt, a merchant from Schwerin, some ten years her senior. Their two children, Dorothea and Erich, were born in Berlin in 1896 and 1898 respectively. In the 1930s the family lived at Alt-Moabit 85a.
The Stargardts’ declaration of assets shows that the parents’ last place of residence was the old people’s home at Iranische Strasse 2. They probably moved there in 1941. Eventually, Jacob and Clara Stargardt were made to conclude a ‘home purchasing contract’ (“Heimeinkaufsvertrag”) for their resettlement in Theresienstadt, involving payment of 6250 Reichmarks 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 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.