I'm not going to translate this whole document for you, but essentially it is a certificate of incarceration for the family of Martha and Erich Stier. This document gives them evidence of Martha Stier's arrest and deportation on January 12, 1943 to Auschwitz. (Again, we assume and have documents that Erich was with Martha.)
Martha and Erich Stier were never registered in Auschwitz. No number was ever tattooed to their arms. No labor was forced. No survival was ever managed.
There is a paragraph at the bottom of the form that states:
"There is no evidence of death. We are therefore not in a position to arrange for the issue of a death certificate."The document is dated January 12, 1959. So sixteen years after their deportation, someone was able to confirm that Martha and Erich had been arrested and then deported. But there was no evidence of their death. Not because they survived, but because all trace of them had completely disappeared.
Millions of family members had these sort of certificates. Millions of family members never got the final closure of death dates. Millions of family members were not able to make any claims or have any legal status that was dependent on proof that their loved one had died. Think about the implications of that. Think about the sheer number of people seeking information, closure, help.
Opa's aunt and uncle died in Auschwitz. We know they were put on a train to Auschwitz. If they survived the transport, they were almost certainly sent immediately to the gas chambers. I realized, my heart breaking, that Martha's birthday was January 14th. There is every bit of possibility that she died on her birthday. Ella most certainly knew she had disappeared. Would Opa have sent Martha a birthday note via Red Cross? Certainly her children did, EllenRuth and Ursula. It would never reach her.