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Very Strange Picture

Very Strange Picture

My father with Tante Irma sitting to his left. Behind them are a cousin of theirs, Hildegard (geb Samenfeld) Westrup, 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 now know that his parents were Carl Simon Samenfeld& Johanne Meyer Samenfeld) I had received some family tree information some years ago from someone named Audrey Verchot who was born with the name Samenfeld. 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 now know that one of those brothers was Moritz, who I mention further 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.

I have also received much information about the family of Adolph Samenfeld from Falk Liebezeit who is the archivist for Diepholz, Germany. With his assistance, there is a family tree for the Samenfeld family.

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