This photograph was taken at the New Home Club’s Passover Seder, April 16, 1957. From left to right: Rick Florsheim, my brother Dennis Samenfeld, my cousin Sandy Baer, and me Gary Samenfeld. Standing behind us is Dr. Herman Weil who led the Seders every year. This photo was in the Milwaukee Sentinel and there was also an article about the New Home Club, whose members were primarily the families of Jews who had escaped from Nazi Germany and found their new freedom in the United States. My father was interviewed in this article: Commented Erich Samenfeld of 1729 E. Cumberland Blvd. a livestock dealer, who emigrated from northern Germany in 1938: “Those who have desperately needed a helping hand know best the needs of others in similar situations.” My Uncle Walter Jacobsohn was President of The New Home Club for 20 years.
I would like to add that in Germany, at a very young age, and at the request of Martin Buber, Dr. Weil was in charge of a university for Jewish students, as they were no longer allowed to attend public universities. In Milwaukee, when Dr. Weil was not teaching, he was at the Federal Court House vouching for the members of The New Home Club, that they would be good citizens, so that they could get jobs. Even though all of these people had escaped from the persecution of the Nazis, in America they were considered to be, “enemy aliens.”