Heinz Alexander Mendelsohn

20 Years

Heinz Alexander Mendelsohn was born on 26 June 1922 in Berlin. He has a younger brother Klaus (1926). Heinz arrived in the Werkdorp in the summer of 1939.  He worked there and was trained as a farmer. He was a Zionist. His brother arrived at the Werkdorp in February 1940. He had fled to the Netherlands on a children’s transport in December 1938 and arrived at the Werkdorp via a children’s home in Eindhoven. 

After the Werkdorp was evacuated, Heinz found a refuge on Rustenburgerstraat and did not join the other Werkdorp residents in the Youth Home for the Jewish Council, which opened its doors in November 1941. His brother Klaus did. Heinz was put on the list for the first transport to Auschwitz and was killed more than a month after arrival on 18 August 1942.

The parents of Heinz and Klaus have plans to emigrate to Argentina or the US. It would not come to that. On 29 October 1941 they were put on a transport from Berlin to Litzmannstadt (Lodz). From there they were deported to the Kulmhof (Chelmno) extermination camp in the north of Poland in May 1942 and murdered immediately upon arrival. Klaus was arrested on 26 May 1943 in Amsterdam and ended up in barracks 60 in Westerbork. He was supposed to be put on transport on 2 July 1943, but because of his ‘sperr’ due to his position in the baggage and order service, he was given a postponement. He was put on the last transport from Westerbork to Theresienstadt on 4 September 1944. On 29 September he was transported to Auschwitz. He survives.    

Biography

Family

Son of

  • Fanny Mendelsohn-Sadunischker * 03-01-1892 in Berlin † 05-05-1942 in Kulmhof (Chelmno) and
  • Siegfried Wilhelm Mendelsohn * 08-10-1890 in † 05-05-1942 in Kulmhof (Chelmno

Last address

Berlin (Prenzlauerberg), Lippenerstrasse 24

Last known residences in The Netherlands

  • 08-08-1939
    Werkdorp Wieringen, Nieuwesluizerweg 42, Slootdorp (Wieringen)
  • 20-03-1941
    After the eviction of the Werkdorp deported to Amsterdam
  • 27-03-1941
    Amsterdam, Zuider Amstellaan 270-II
  • 16-06-1941
    Amsterdam, Rustenburgerstraat 73-I
  • 06-03-1942
    Amsterdam, Amstellaan 35-hs
  • 14-07-1942
    Deportation to Camp Westerbork
  • 15-07-1942
    On the first deportation to Auschwitz