Charlotte Lintzel was born in Berlin, Germany on January 21, 1932. Although of Jewish background, religion never played a big role in her family. Her father, for instance, was a self-proclaimed Atheist and physicist. Despite veing very young when the war broke out, Charlotte she does remember being shunned by her neighbours’ children, and she remembers Kristallnacht as well. She vaguely remembers her years in school, but remembers her family having to wear the yellow star.
As a way to keep her safe during the war, her father sent her to a family in Silesia under the guise of a refugee. Charlotte remembers those years as being very hard on her due to separation anxiety. In 1945, she returned to Berlin and went back to school. She completed her high school and finished a few years of university in Germany. In 1953, she decided to move to Canada and integrated into the Montreal Jewish community. In Montreal, she met her husband who was also a fellow survivor from Danzig. She had two children, a daughter that lives in Jerusalem, and a son in Montreal. Charlotte became involved with the MHMC after attending a conference on child survivors. She saw the event as a bonding experience that allowed her and many others to speak about their experiences during the war. Despite being from a long line of Berliners, she has a problem reconciling with the fact that she is German. The war and the treatment of Jews by Germans at the time changed her, and currently she finds it hard to fathom the change between the Germany she knew, and the one of our era. Ultimately, she believes that young Germans carry a heavy burden due to the actions of their ancestors.