Georg Licht

Georg Licht was born in Kempen, Posen on September 16, 1881. His wife, Käthe Gundermann, was four years younger. Their daughter Alice was born in Berlin in 1916.

Georg Licht worked as a salesman in L&H Gundermann, the firm of his father-in-law, Julius Gundermann, which was based in Berlin and distributed knitted goods and drapery for companies like Hermann Tietz’ department store chain. Georg Licht started as a partner and ended up as sole owner of the firm. Julius Gundermann died in 1930.

The business was plundered and devastated during the Pogrom Night of November 9-10, 1938. Through her connections with the Jewish Community, Alice Licht managed to get her father a job as a book-keeper there. Later Georg Licht worked in the Workshop for the Blind.

In February 1943 Otto Weidt hid the Licht family in a stockroom of the workshop for the blind at Neanderstraße 12 in the Mitte district. The Gestapo arrested Alice Licht and her parents in October 1943 and deported them to Theresienstadt Ghetto, and six months later to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Georg and Käthe Licht were murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau on July 15, 1944.

Georg and Käthe Licht are now commemorated by “stumbling stones” outside the building at Heinrich-Heine-Straße 12 in Berlin-Mitte.

Georg Licht
“Stumbling stones” for Georg and Käthe Licht