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Inge Deutschkron

August 23, 1922 -
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Born in Finsterwalde, Inge Deutschkron was the daughter of Jewish parents. Her father Martin Deutschkron, a Social Democrat, was dismissed from the teaching profession in 1933, by which time the family lived in Berlin. Martin Deutschkron fled to Britain in 1939. His wife Ella and their daughter Inge were unable to follow him. Following a year’s training at a Jewish kindergarten teachers’ college and a brief period of forced labor for IG Farben, Inge Deutschkron managed to get an interview with Otto Weidt. He was known to help Jewish people and he created a job for her in the office of his workshop for the blind in Berlin-Mitte. In mid-January 1943, Inge Deutschkron and her mother went into hiding in the home of Emma and Franz Gumz. Emma Gumz, the owner of a laundry in Berlin-Charlottenburg, encouraged them to do so after a soldier had told her about the mass-murders of Jews in German-occupied Poland. The two of them had to leave this first hiding place after six weeks. Acquaintances found a series of new accommodation opportunities for Inge and her mother. Otto Weidt obtained a work ID card for Inge Deutschkron, with which she could work in the workshop for the blind under a new name. Inge and Ella Deutschkron experienced the end of the war in their last hiding place, an abandoned goat shed in Potsdam, on April 23, 1945.