Fritz was born on 8 November 1921 in Berlin in the Charlottenburg district. He fled to the Netherlands shortly after Kristallnacht in November 1938. He first reported to De Kleine Haar in Gorssel. There and in the Werkdorp – where he arrived in late 1939 – he worked as a farmer.
After the Werkdorp was evacuated on 20 March 1941, he was able to stay with relatives in Amsterdam. He found shelter with mother and daughter Levy who lived on Rozengracht, where they made women’s and children’s skirts for a living.
Fritz married daughter Helma Levy in Amsterdam on 9 July 1942. Helma has lived in Amsterdam since 1935.
Fritz joins the Jewish Council and has a ‘sperr’ because of his position, but he and Helma are given a very short respite. In mid-August 1942 they are arrested and put on transport to camp Westerbork. One week later they are deported to Auschwitz. After a period in the labour camp, Fritz Gert is murdered in the spring of 1943 on 30 April. Helma is killed immediately upon arrival. Fritz’ father was transported from Berlin to Theresienstadt in 1942 and was killed at the age of 74. The fate of Fritz’ mother is unknown.
- Irene Schäfer-Lebenberg * 01-05-1891 in Schwerte † unknown and
- Hugo Schäfer * 10-09-1868 in Breslau † 21-09-1942 in Theresienstadt
Berlin (Charlottenburg) Uhlandstrasse 32
Last known residences in The Netherlands
Rotterdam, Beneden Heiplaat
Gorssel, De Kleine Haar
Amsterdam, Lloyds hotel, Oostelijke Handelskade 34
Werkdorp Wieringen, Nieuwesluizerweg 42, Slootdorp (Wieringen)
After the eviction of the Werkdorp deported to Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Rozengracht 13-hs
Deportation to Camp Westerbork
Deportation to Auschwitz