Heinz Groß

born 23 February 1919 in Bromberg (Polish: Bydgoszcz)
died 29 November 2006 in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA)
historical former address Frankfurter Straße 18
Stumbling stone planned
Date of stone-laying planned

Heinz Groß was born into a Jewish family in Bromberg (Polish: Bydgoszcz) on 23 Fe­bruary 1919. His parents Moritz and Betty Groß (née Edel) moved from Bromberg to Fürsten­walde, where the family lived at Frankfurter Straße 18. Heinz had a brother named Julius, who was two years his senior. Heinz was a machine fitter by trade.

Together with his brother, he was arrested on the night of the pogroms on 9 November 1938 and imprisoned in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. After his release, on 23 Decem­ber 1942, he married Helga Julie Grüneberg from Berlin.Shortly before his de­por­tation to the Auschwitz-Birkenau exter­mination camp on 2 March 1943, Heinz had been living together with his brother Julius at Schloßstraße 73 in Bielefeld. Both brothers arrived in Auschwitz on 3 March 1943. Helga had been deported to the camp earlier and was murdered there on 1 May 1943.

Heinz’s name appears in the transport lists of 22/26 January 1945 from Auschwitz to the Buchenwald concentration camp. He was on one of the death marches of concentration camp prisoners ordered by the SS after the dissolution of the labour and concentration camps in occupied Poland. Neither Heinz’s brother nor his parents survived the Shoah.

Heinz Groß was liberated and married Ruth Willner in 1946. In the same year, their son Robert was born in Bielefeld. The family emigrated to the United States in 1949 and lived in Minnesota. Heinz Groß died on 29 November 2006 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Familiy members:
Betty Rebecca Groß née Edel
Julius Groß
Moritz Groß