Expulsed! The deportation of Polish Jews from Berlin in 1938. A historical investigation.

Together with a fellow student, I have reconstructed the history of a family named Amster, as a part of a seminar in 2014/15 at the Free University Berlin about the so called “Polenaktion”, the first mass deportation of German-Polish Jews to the Polish border at Zbąszyń. Bernhard ‚Berl’ Amster was born in Limanowa in Galicia in 1882 as son of Juda Amster and Rifka, born Lichtscherber. In 1912 the family decided to emigrate to Berlin. Stumbling blocks of the Cologne conceptual artist Gunter Demnig are now planned to be laid in commemoration of the murdered family members in Max-Beer-Straße 50, as well as for twelve more families, who were also researched in the course of the seminar.

Crowd funding for the project (in German) here.

More about the Stumbling Blocks in Berlin (in English) here.


The Amster Family