Deportation and murder
After the arrest of Markus and Salo in September Mina is alone and leads
a desperate battle to secure their release. She tries unceasingly to obtain
visas for her husband, her son and herself. Her efforts are to no avail.
She receives the news that her husband, Markus had died 14th November
1939 in Buchenwald. At the beginning of March 1940, Mina is forced to
leave her apartment in Klenzestraße; she is billeted in a so-called "Jewish
apartment" at 27 Reichenbachstraße, where she has to live in extremely
cramped quarters in the kitchen.
In October 1941, the Nazi leadership orders the deportation of Jews in
Germany to the East. Mina Blechner receives the summons to prepare for
"evacuation" on 7th November 1941. She guesses what fate has
in store for her. Mina is desperate, as she knows that she will never
see her children again. On 11th November 1941, Mina and the other men,
women and children deportees are brought to the Milbertshofen barracks.
On 19th November, a few hours before they are marched to the Milbertshofen
freight depot, Mina writes a letter to Jakob. Despite her desperate and
hopeless situation she seeks to give courage and strength to her children.
This letter is the last sign of life from Mina Blechner.
The deportation train with 1000 people from Munich leaves the Milbertshofen
depot in the early hours of 20th November 1941. After a three-day journey,
the train arrives in Kaunas, Lithuania. The prisoners are taken to fortifications
on the outskirts of the city. On 25th November, the infamous Einsatzkommando
3 murders the Munich Jews, together with deportees from Frankfurt and
Berlin. The mass shooting that day claims the lives of 1159 men, 1600
women and 175 children.