Frieda Martha Klopstock née Bütow

born 5 July 1890 in Soldau (Polish: Działdowo)
died 1943 (?) in Auschwitz-Birkenau
historical former address
Stumbling stone Dr.-Wilhelm-Külz-Straße 45
Date of stone-laying 29 September 2006

Frieda Bütow was born into a Jewish family in Soldau (Polish: Działdowo) in the district of Allenstein (Polish: Olsztyn) on 5 July 1890. Her mother Franziska (née Heymann) was from Neidenburg (Polish: Nidzica) and lived in Berlin before her marriage. Her father Samuel Bütow was a well-known and wealthy liqueur manu­facturer in Soldau.

On 27 August 1921, Frieda married the chemist Dr Hans Klopstock, who was employed by the cable manufacturer “Deutsche Kabelwerke AG”, initially in Berlin and later in Ketschendorf near Fürstenwalde. The couple had two children. Their son Werner was born on 24 July 1922 and their daughter Hannah Ruth on 7 November 1924.

Hans died on 12 December 1938 in the Sach­sen­hausen concen­tration camp. After his death, Frieda was forced to vacate their flat at Dr.-Wilhelm-Külz-Straße 45 and, on 1 March 1939, she moved with Hanna Ruth to Berlin, where they lived as subtenants. Mean­while, her son Werner was training to become a gardener at the “Israelite Horti­cultural School” in Ahlem near Hanover.

As early as the end of 1938, Frieda had put her daughter on the emigration list for Jewish children that was being compiled by a French group sponsored by Germaine de Rothschild. On 20 March 1939, Hanna Ruth was able to flee Germany. During this period, Frieda received financial support from her brother-in-law Felix Klopstock, who lived in London. On 3 February 1943, Frieda was deported from Berlin to Auschwitz-Birkenau with “East Transport” No 28 and murdered there.

Family members:
Hanna Ruth Klopstock
Dr. Hans Klopstock
Werner Klopstock