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Fedor Bloch: 22 May 1884 to c. 11.12.1941
Fedor was born in Sucho-Danietz, Kreis Gross Strehlitz (now Strzelce Opolskie; was Upper Silesia).
He was a businessman.
His last known address was Hindenburgstrasse 360, Monchengladbach.
Update: I have found a reference to this address on the Stolpersteine website, which states that this was a ‘Judenhaus’/Jewish house – so probably something like the place Hermine and Else lived in before deportation from Gleiwitz.
We started with rather confusing information about uncle Fedor, and what follows is what we have believed to be the case over the years. We are still in the process of trying to find out what actually happened to him and his family. As we find them in the ITSD, the record cards and documents are being uploaded onto uncle Fedor’s records page, here.
So, the story I had been told was that uncle Fedor might have attempted to escape Nazi Germany – possibly with his daughter Betty (I don’t know anything about his wife as yet) – by going to France (probably Paris). Some time later, however, this seemed to be negated by whatever information my father received in his family searches. Whether this was because he was caught trying to cross borders, or because they were caught in occupied France, or under some other circumstances – I don’t yet know. He may simply have been deported from his home, as so many were.
Thus, the information we have had to date is outlined below, and comes from translations of documents left by my father, and from the online Bundesarchiv; I have also provided some contextual information about the transport he may have been on, according to the Bundesarchiv.
Update: 17 March 2015 – please see the records page for Fedor for our recent discoveries on this.
Fedor was ‘signed off’ (translate query?) – on 10.12.1941 to Riga – without specification of the destination.
[From Werner’s letters and documents]
From the Bundesarchiv ‘Memorial Book’, number 844285
Bloch, Theodor Teodor Fedor
Born on 22nd May 1884 in Sucholohna / Groß Strehlitz / Schlesien
Resident of München Gladbach
Deportation destination: from Düsseldorf
11th December 1941, Riga, ghetto
Update: February 2015
Uncle Fedor is believed to have been deported in 1941/2; we have not yet located any details about him in the ITS database but will continue the search.
Uncle Fedor’s transport to Riga
The Yad Vashem archives hold the following accounts of the transport that uncle Fedor may have been on, according to the Bundesarchiv records. The narrative of this transport is well known, partly because of the contrasting nature of the accounts – from a police officer and from a prisoner being deported – that can be read via the link below.
Update 17 March 2015: we now know that uncle Fedor was on this transport, as we now have the transport list from the Gestapo Düsseldorf files.
We do not yet know why he was arrested, because the German government has the files on some kind of a lockdown, it would seem, but I will persist in trying to see these.
Yad Vashem also has the more usual details in their Transport to Extinction section, extracted here:
Further information on the Riga ghetto
Andrej Angrick, Peter Klein, 2012, The ‘Final Solution’ in Riga: Exploitation and Annihilation, 1941–1944. Studies on War and Genocide, Vol. 14, Oxford: Berghahn
There is a succinct account of the history of the ghetto on the Volksbund website, extracted here: