Albert Baehr, born 1.9.1878
Berta Baehr, née Markus, born 1.9.1888
Lütge Brückstr. 4, Do-West
Albert Baehr originated from the Brandenburg region. When he came to Dortmund is not known, but it was there that he married his first wife, Selma/Sara Löffler, in 1902; with her, he had four children, but three of them died while still babies. Only their daughter Paula reached adulthood.
Albert Baehr’s professional life can only be described as varied as he worked, among other things, as a labourer, a cleaner, a machine operative, a fitter and an electrician, before setting up in his own business in electrical installation work.
During the First World War, he was stationed on the Western Front. He was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class.
After the death of his wife in 1924, he married Berta Markus from Recklinghausen two years later. In 1927, their joint son Günther Markus was born.
From 1933 onwards, the Baehr family found themselves facing discrimination, and in the course of time, the whole of their assets were confiscated. On 10.11.1938, Albert Baehr was brought to Steinwache police station, and deported from there two days later to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. On 24.11.1938, he was released once more. In July 1939, he was required to do forced labour, which involved ground excavation work at the firm of Ebers and Kemper. Around a year later, Günther, who had just turned 13, was also required to do forced labour at the same firm.
The parents sought to bring their son to safety by sending him abroad. In 1941, he left Dortmund with the aim of travelling via Berlin, France, Spain and Bilbao to his half-sister Paula in Uruguay. He returned to Germany in 1967.
Albert and Berta stayed in Dortmund. In April 1942, they were deported to Zamosc. It is presumed that they were both murdered in Sobibor extermination camp.