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Inge Deutschkron

Inge Deutschkron was born on August 23, 1922 in Finsterwalde and grew up in Berlin. Her parents were members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and she was brought up as an atheist. In 1939 she was forced to leave high school because she was Jewish. Her father managed to emigrate to England that same year.

In 1941 Inge Deutschkron was sent to work as a forced laborer at ACETA, a parachute silk factory. She obtained Otto Weidt’s address through the Jewish Community and he was able to give her a job as a forced laborer by bribing somebody at the “Deployment Office for Jews”. She worked in Otto Weidt’s office, despite the strict ban on Jews doing office work.

In January 1943 Inge and her mother Ella Deutschkron went into hiding in the apartment of friends, the Gumz family. When this became too risky, they hid in Grete Sommer’s lending library at Westfälische Straße 64. After hiding in various places with the help of friends and acquaintances, they stayed in Potsdam until the end of the war. In 1946 they joined Martin Deutschkron in England.

From 1955 on Inge Deutschkron worked as a freelance journalist in Bonn. In 1960 she became Germany correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Maariv. She now lives in Berlin and is chairwoman of the Blindes Vertrauen (Blind Trust) Society of Friends.

Inge Deutschkron