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This week's posting is an update on my previous one.

First, I got permission from some of the relatives whose names I had elided to include them. Clive and Judy Callman's children are Jeremy and Tanya. Jeremy is married to Sarah; they have four children. Tanya is married to Victor Bentata; they have two daughters.

Their mother Judy sent some wonderfully useful responses to my previous post. She starts off with the observation: "It was quite spooky to see the photo of your great-grandmother Ella and to see just how much she looked like her sister - my grandmother Minna!!!"

I had written: "Emma was born in 1870. I don't know anything more than that."

Judy adds: As far as I know, Emma married a non-Jew in Germany, which was totally disapproved of by the family to such an extent that they sat Shiva and she and her husband 'fled' to ? Canada. I know that my mother traced her family and met up with them some many years ago. That meeting revealed that Emma had totally and utterly blocked out her previous life. Emma had not told her family anything at all about her past, her family, her religion or anything. The first they knew that she was Jewish was when she asked for a rabbi when she was near death and, if I am not mistaken, requested a Jewish burial......

In a followup email, she added: As I think about it, more details spring to mind!! I recall that Emma's husband became a policeman in Canada

Based on this, I did some more searching, and found her arrival at Ellis Island on the Kaiser Wilhelm, 2 Nov 1892, page 282, line 245. Interestingly, there are a few other people from Ichenhausen on the same boat, including Peter and Christoph Peters, who appear to be brothers of about the same age.

I had written: "Sofie married a man named Richard Rosenberg. I do not know his dates, nor do I know if they had any children."

Judy corrected my spelling of Sophie, and adds: Richard was a widower when Sophie married him. His wife had died in childbirth and although Sophie cared for the little boy, he too died at a very early age. It was always said that he was a 'blue baby' (whatever that would be in modern terminology). Sophie and Richard had no children of their own.

In her followup email, she added: I recall that my aunt Sophie Rosenberg (nee Heinsfurther) always knitted sweaters for me as a child and the same pattern and colour for your mother Edna!

I had mentioned our mutual cousin, Arnold Erlanger's, moving autobiography, Choose Life. Judy reminds me that: Our mother Hilde has also written a most moving and detailed story of her life and her ancestors called 'In Hinesight'.

I also heard back from Helga Erlanger, Arnold's daughter. She writes, in part: Hedwig Erlanger, my grandmother, died 8th May 1942 in Ichenhausen just before the family went to concentration camp. Her grave is in the Ichenhausen Jewish cemetery and was just restored for us by a German friend. Hedwig was the last Jew to be buried in Ichenhausen. Hetty and I were there last year and really impressed what the town has done to preserve / represent our history, It was a remarkable visit. We also got to see Arnold Erlanger Strasse (!) commemorating dad and his survival from Auschwitz.

Sure enough, if I go to Google Maps and start typing "Arnold Erlanger" it pops up with Arnold-Erlanger-Strasse 89335 Ichenhausen, Germany.

I also had mentioned Levi Erlanger, my great-grandmother's brother and Arnold's father. I didn't have much information on Levi himself, although I spent several paragraphs tracing his descendants to Chicago, Israel, and Australia.

Well, on Friday I spent some time at the library using the European records on Ancestry (which are not included in my domestic subscription, but which are included in what the library has access to). I found about a half-dozen pages from German military records from World War I documenting Levi Erlanger's service. Here are just a few excerpts, which I'm including at large size because the handwriting was so small and his service so extensive:

This last excerpt is the clearest: You can see details like his wife, "Hedwig, geb. Gutmann; 2 Kinder" (Hedwig, born Gutmann, 2 children); "Eltern tot" (parents dead); and religion listed as "Isr." (Israelitish -- i.e., Jewish). It is interesting to compare this record to some of the other records, which list his parents' names, sometimes with German crosses to indicate that they were dead, or the record from later in the war which records 3 children. (Arnold was born in 1916.)


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Andrew M. Greene

January 2013


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