Alice Licht

Alice Licht was born on July 25, 1916 in Berlin. She was the only child of the merchant Georg Licht and his wife Käthe Licht, née Gundermann. The family lived in the Hansa Quarter in the Berlin district of Tiergarten, and from 1934 in a five-and-a-half-roomed apartment in the Bavarian Quarter in the Schöneberg district.

Alice Licht took a secretarial course from 1933 to 1935. From April 1941 on she had to work as a forced laborer at ACETA AG, a parachute silk factory owned by IG Farben. She managed to obtain a discharge by feigning a stomach ulcer. Otto Weidt gave her a job in June 1941.

In February 1943 Otto Weidt hid Alice Licht and her parents in a stockroom in the workshop for the blind at Neanderstraße 12 in the Berlin district of Mitte. The Gestapo arrested the family in October 1943 and deported them to Theresienstadt Ghetto on November 15, 1943. Six months later they were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, where Alice Licht’s parents were murdered.

Alice Licht was transferred to Christianstadt, the subsidiary camp of Groß-Rosen concentration camp. She succeeded in escaping to Berlin at the beginning of 1945. Alice Licht witnessed the end of the war in Otto Weidt’s apartment in Zehlendorf, Berlin. She emigrated to the USA in the summer of 1946. Alice Licht died in Israel in 1987.

Alice Licht