Home of Käte Mugdan

District: Treptow-Köpenick
Address before 1945: Baumschulenweg, Güldenhofer Ufer 10
Address today: Güldenhofer Ufer 10, 12437 Berlin

In August 1942, the writing was on the wall that as a Jew, Käte Mugdan (née Rosenthal, *1859) would soon be deported. Her grandson Heinrich had come to Berlin to help his grandmother to evade arrest and to escape. She, however, chose to commit suicide instead.
Having divided up her property and taken leave of her loved ones, Käte Mugdan took her own life on 27 August 1942. Her grandson left an account of his final days with his grandmother.

On 25 August he quoted her as saying:
“I’ve had a very good life until recently. But there—far away from my loved ones… that’s not what I want,” himself adding that “increasingly clearly she was approaching the end.”

On 27 August he wrote:
“The failed attempt at inhaling […] cyanide gas. At 4 a.m. I had to wake her, make her drink. The horrible minutes leading up to 4:13. These final services.”

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