My grandfather in WWI, second from the right.
My grandfather in WWI, is in the first row, far right.
My Oma Julchen is second from the right in this picture.
My mother 5 yahr alt.
This picture was taken in Sheboygan.
On the back of this photo it says,"With all my Love, yours forever, Hilde". 11/3/1946
This picture was taken Oct, 1949 in front of where Oma and Opa lived on Holton St. Oma is holding me when I'm 5 months old.
Oma and Opa with me and Dennis,Sept, 1953.
This picture of Oma with a chicken was taken in 1957. My cousin Harold raised this chicken from an egg for a science project. Uncle Walter made an incubator in his workshop and got a real chicken egg from a farmer. The chicken had a name, which I remember but have no idea how to spell. It became sort of a pet but Oma wanted to make soup out of it. She lost out but so did the chicken. Uncle Walter took it to one of the farmers that he bought cows from and the other chickens pecked it to death.
My father with Tante Irma sitting to his left. Behind them is a cousin of theirs and her husband. That's right her husband who was a "private first class" in the Wehrmacht. My dad had an uncle who converted to Chritianity many years before.
I chose the caption of this photograph to explain what little I know about the family of my father’s father, Adolph Samenfeld. In the post titled “Dina Samenfeld/Family Tree/Paternal” the entry for Adolph Samenfeld shows that he was born in Diepholz, but that his parents are unknown. I had received some family tree information some years ago from someone who was born with the name Samenfeld (Audrey Verchot). However, I am not sure how and even if this person is related to our family. The part with our family is on a separate page and there is no connection between this page and the rest of the tree information. On the page that does have our family it does show that Adolph Samenfeld had two brothers, whose names are also unknown. (Upon doing my research, I believe one of those brothers was Moritz, who I mention farthur down here). What it shows is that one of the brothers had a daughter named Hidegard Samenfeld and that she married someone named Westrup. I think that she is the one in the above photo, and married to the German officer. She came to Milwaukee from Osnabruck, Germany to visit her cousin Irma Jacobsohn in 1983. I know this visit was in 1983, because my daughter, Michelle, was a year old at the time. She spoke no English and I asked my Uncle Walter, how had she been able to stay in Germany during the war? Uncle Walter told me that her father had converted to Christianity many years before the Nazi’s came to power. I also remember taking her to one of Sean’s little league games and Uncle Walter explaining baseball to her in German. I also know that my father had a cousin, named Ewald Samenfeld who emigrated to Rivera Argentina and raised beef cattle. Ewald married someone named Lisa and had two sons, Carlos, and Mario. I remember Tante Irma showing me their family picture and saying that I looked like Carlos.
Ewald (1912/1997) was the son of Moritz Samenfeld, and the brother of Arthur Samenfeld (1914/1942) who were both deported in 1942.
This is me in front of my dad's cattle truck. It's hard to see but my dad had Gary painted on the hood of his truck. Uncle Walter's truck is in the background.
My cousins, Peter and Harold Jacobsohn. They're dressed in replicas of Uncle Erich's army uniform.