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Opa Karl and Oma Julchen Pfifferling

Opa Karl and Oma Julchen Pfifferling

My mother's parents engagement picture.
From my mother's story: My parents met in 1921 through some mutual cousins. They were married that year on Oct, 16. They knew each other only 6 weeks before the wedding.


Datterode, Germany

Datterode, Germany

This is the town in Germany where the Pfifferling family was originally from. In my mother's story, she says that it is near the Fulda River. My mother's great-great-grandfather, Sander, her great-grandfather, Joseph, and her grandfather, Sander, were all born in Datterode. Joseph and his wife, Jettchen had 13 children. Their house, Brunnenstraße 24, is still known as “the 13-children house". Opa Karl's oldest sister, Meta, and older brother, Adolph were also born in Datterode. The family then moved to Wanfried, and then again to Halle/Saale. The woman in the center at the bottom of this picture is Opa Karl's cousin Hilde Frank, who was born in Datterode and lived in Evanston, Illinois. Hilde's father, Albert Pfifferling, and Opa Karl were first cousins.This picture was taken when Hilde visited Datterode in 1969. The other two women are Hilde's sister Ilse Pfifferling, who emigrated to Argentina, and Christine Ronshausen, who lived in Datterode. Thomas Beck of Datterode identified them for me.

Jews of Datterode:
http://www.heimatverein-datterode.de/en/our-village/datterode-jews/let-us-not-forget

Photos: Opa Karl's first cousin, Albert Pfifferling, and Albert's daughter, Hilde Frank.
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Opa Karl's List

Opa Karl's List

This is the list that Opa Karl made of the 30 people in his family that died in The Shoah.

Using the Pfifferling & Katzenstein Family Trees & The Memorial Book of the Federal Archives for the Victims of the Persecution of Jews in Germany (1933-1945) I have compiled a list of the relatives of my Opa Karl who perished in The Shoah.

(Unless otherwise noted, cousin = first cousin. Opa had 29 first cousins, 14 of whom were killed in the Shoah.)

Sander Pfifferling side:

1. Cousin: Benjamin Beno Pfifferling, declared dead Warsaw Ghetto 31 Mar 1942.
2. Cousin/wife: Klara, Henni (Sommer) Pfifferling declared dead Warsaw Ghetto 31 Mar 1942.
3. Sister: Paula (Pfifferling) Rosenberg, died 23 Sep 1942 Treblinka
4. Brother in law: Julius Rosenberg, died 23 Sep 1942 Treblinka
5. Niece: Charlotte Lotte (Rosenberg) Steinberg, died Sep 1942 Auschwitz
6. Niece/husband Bertold Steinberg, died Sep 1942 Auschwitz
7. Niece/daughter Marion Steinberg, died Sep 1942 Auschwitz
8. Brother in law: Arthur Gortatowski, died 1942, Piaski, ghetto
9. Brother Joseph Julius Pfifferling, died 16 May 1938 Buchenwald
10. Brother: Friedrich Fritz Pfifferling , died 2 Oct 1942 Shanghai
11. Cousin: Sander (Alexander) Pfifferling, died August 1942 Theresienstadt
12. Cousin/wife: Auguste (Reiss) Pfifferling, died August 1942 Theresienstadt
13. Cousin: Salomon Pfifferling, died Mar 1942 Riga Ghetto
14. Cousin/wife: Selma (Rebbock) Pfifferling, died Mar 1942 Riga Ghetto
15. Cousin: Friederike (Pfifferling) Stern, died May 1945 Lublin Ghetto
16. Cousin/husband: Abraham Stern, died May 1945 Lublin Ghetto
17. Cousin/daughter: Frieda Stern, died Nov 1941 Minsk Ghetto
18. Cousin/daughter/husband: David Formann, died Nov 1941 Minsk Ghetto
19. Cousin/daughter/son: Egon Formann, died Nov 1941 Minsk Ghetto
20. Cousin/daughter: Hertha Stern, died 8 May 1945 Auschwitz
21. Cousin/daughter: Erna Stern,died 8 May 1945 Auschwitz
22. Cousin: Sara Pfifferling, died Mar 1942 Riga Ghetto
23. Cousin: Louis/Levy Simon Pfifferling, died 28 Sep 1944 Auschwitz
24. Cousin/wife: Klara (Badmann) Pfifferling, died 11 Jan 1943 Theresienstadt
25. Cousin/son: Horst Pfifferling, died Oct 1944 Auschwitz
26. Cousin: Margarete (Pfifferling) Coffeld, died 2 Mar 1943 KZ Auschwitz
27.Cousin/husband: Benno Coffeld, died 2 Mar 1943 KZ Auschwitz
28. Cousin/daughter: Margot Coffeld, died 19 Apr 1943 KZ Auschwitz
29. Cousin/daughter: Lieselotte Edith Coffeld, died 30 Sep 1942 KZ Auschwitz
30.Cousin: Johanna Pfifferling, died 10 May 1942 Ghetto Belzce
31. Cousin: Arthur Pfifferling, died 29 Oct 1941 KZ Buchenwald
32. Ciusin/wife: Johanna (Katz) Pfifferling, died 1942 Ghetto Belzce
33. Cousin/son: Edgar Joseph Pfifferling, died 29 Sep 1944 KZ Auschwitz
34. Cousin/son: Heinz Erich Pfifferling, died 17 Mar 1945 KZ Mauthhausen
35. Cousin: Friedrich Pfifferling, died 1945 KZ Bergen-Belsen
36.Cousin/son Heinz Rolf Pfifferling 17 Mar 1945 KZ Mauthhausen
37. Cousin/son Werner Pfifferling 19 Jan 1945 KZ Buchenwald
38. Second cousin: Lena (Lina) Pfifferling, died 20Feb 1943 Theresienstadt
39. Second cousin/daughter: Bertha (Pfifferling) Friessner, died 1942 Sobibor
40. Second cousin/husband: Joseph Friessner, died 1942 Sobibor
41. Second cousin/son: Max Friessner, died 1942 Sobibor
42. Second cousin/son: Karl Friessner, died 1942 Sobibor
43. Second cousin/daughter: Kathe Pfifferling, died 9 Dec 1941 Riga Ghetto
44. Second cousin/daughter: Frieda (Pfifferling) Maier, died 9 Dec 1941 to Riga Ghetto
45. Second cousin/daughter/husband: Julius Maier, died 9 Dec 1941 to Riga Ghetto
46. Second cousin/daughter/son: Erich Maier, died 9 Dec 1941 to Riga Ghetto
47. Second cousin: Joseph Pfifferling, died 1 Oct 1940 Brandenburg (Euthanasia)

Emilie Katzenstein side:

48. Cousin: Alfred Katzenstein, died 3 June 1942 KZ Sobibor
49. Cousin/wife: Pauline (Gutmann) Katzenstein, died 3 June 1942 KZ Sobibor
Pauline was also Oma Julchen's cousin.
50. Cousin: Jenny Katzenstein, died 21 Jan 1942 Ghetto Riga
51. Cousin/husband: Fritz Friedman, died 30 Oct 1942 Shanghai
52. Cousin/daughter: Esther Friedman, died 24 Aug 1943 Shanghai
53. Cousin: Dr Ludwig Katzenstein, died 2 May 1943 KZ Auschwitz
54. Cousin/wife: Anna (Oppenheimer) Katzenstein, died 27 Feb 1943 KZ Auschwitz
55. Cousin: Friedrich Fritz Katzenstein, died 21 Jan 1942 Ghetto Riga
56. Aunt: Fanny Fromchen (Kahn) Katzenstein, died 29 Sep 1942 KZ Treblinka
57. Aunt: Bertha Katzenstein, died 3 Nov 1942 Shanghai, China



Sander Pfifferling & Emilie (geb Katzenstein

Sander Pfifferling & Emilie (geb Katzenstein

Graphic of the Pfifferling family tree provided by Sebastian Funk / Leipzig, Germany:

http://garysam.typepad.com/history_of_the_samenfeldp/2015/04/karl-pfifferling-family-tree-paternal.html#more


Julius & Dorthea (Kahn) Pfifferling

Julius & Dorthea (Kahn) Pfifferling

My mother's uncle Julius was killed in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1938. He was shot to death while running into the electric fence. This was witnessed by a cousin of Opa Karl, (Alfred Wertheim). His wife Dorthea to England. She died in 1952.

http://data.synagoge-eisleben.de/gen/fg05/fg05_429.htm

From the website for the Stolpersteine: Halle/Saale
(click the image for Franckestrasse 12) https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.zeit-geschichten.de/th_01a.htm&prev=search

http://data.synagoge-eisleben.de/gen/fg05/fg05_429.htm

http://garysam.typepad.com/history_of_the_samenfeldp/2013/06/k.html#more

http://garysam.typepad.com/photos/julius_pfifferling_trippi/index.html


Emilie (geb Katzenstein) Pfifferling

Emilie (geb Katzenstein) Pfifferling

This is the gravestone of Opa Karl's mother at the Jewish cemetery in Halle an der Saale. Emilie was born in Eschwege, and was the daughter of Abraham & Mahle (Schloss) Katzenstein. The photo was sent to me by Sebastian Funk of Leipzig, Germany.


Opa and Oma; August, 1950

Opa and Oma; August, 1950


Opa Karl Pfiferling

Opa Karl Pfiferling

This picture was taken in Leipzig.


The Pfifferlings.

The Pfifferlings.

This picture was taken in Central Park, New York City in August 1939. Opa Karl, My mother Hilde who was 16, Oma Julchen, and Tante Lore who was 8 years old. This photo is quite a contrast from the other family picture in this album that was taken as they were leaving Germany.


The Pfifferling Sisters

The Pfifferling Sisters

My mother Hilde with Tante Lore.


Tante Lore with me, 1952.

Tante Lore with me, 1952.

My Tante Lore told me two stories that I feel are very important. When my mother’s family came to Milwaukee and settled on E Kane Place they did not speak English and were also quite poor. My Aunt got to go to overnight camp at Camp Sidney Cohen, which was an overnight camp for Jewish children. She went to camp as a hardship case. Tante Lore said that Oma Julchen sent her to this camp with her belongings in a shopping bag. She didn't have nice clothes like all of the other girls. Like I've already mentioned at the time she spoke no English. The other kids all picked on my Aunt and made fun of her. It makes me very angry to think that these were other Jewish children and they had no compassion for my Aunt. It seems that they did not care that my Aunt Lore had suffered through hardships and was lucky to be alive.

As I mentioned above, the Pfifferling family lived on Kane Place. The closest elementary school was Holy Rosary, which was a Catholic school. My Opa and Oma took my Aunt Lore there because they just thought it was the closest school, so that’s where she should go. My Aunt Lore told me that she learned English from the nuns. When my grandparents realized that this was a Catholic school they enrolled her at Maryland Ave. School. Years later my cousins, Peter and Harold Jacobsohn, and myself also went to Maryland.


Oma Julchen

Oma Julchen

My grandmother, Julchen Pfifferling, with my mother.


My mother in Halle.

My mother in Halle.

This is my mother with the woman who took care of her when she was a little girl. The one that she referred to as "Meyer the shrier."


Franckestrasse 17

Franckestrasse 17

This is where the Pfifferling family lived in Halle a/Saale. The sign on the building, S. Pfifferling Veihandlung, is the name of the cattle/livestock business of the four Pfifferling brothers. The S on the sign is for their father, Sander. The brothers were my Opa Karl, his two older brothers, Adolph, and Julius, and Opa's younger brother, Fritz.


Franckestrasse 17, Rear

Franckestrasse 17, Rear

This is where my Opa Karl and his brothers had their cattle business. My mother and Opa are on the far right in this photo. My mother made the X on the picture.


Pfifferling Brothers 1914

Pfifferling Brothers 1914

Opa Karl Pfifferling is standing on the far right of this picture. Opa's mother Emilie Pfifferling is seated on the far right. His brother Jule is on the left side of the door, and Fritz is next to the right side of the door.

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Adolph Pfifferling

Adolph Pfifferling

This is a picture that my mother had framed in the living room of her apartment. This is her uncle and aunt, Adolph and Therese Pfifferling. Adolph was my Opa Karl's oldest brother.

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My mother and friends.

My mother and friends.

My mother Hidegard Pfifferling. She is seated in the front on the left side. This picture is of a sports club that was for young Jewish women. My mother always had this photo in a frame on her bedroom dresser. It must have meant a lot to her.


My mother's family.

My mother's family.

This picture was taken on the ship that brought my mother's family to America. As I mentioned in my speech, it was the last German boat that took Jews out of Germany, and my grandmother feared that the boat would turn around and take them back to Germany.In the foreground is my Aunt Lore, who was 8, then from left to right is my Opa Karl, my mother Hildegard, and my Oma Julchen. The looks on their faces speak for themselves.


Opa Karl / World War I

Opa Karl / World War I

My mother's father is on the far right in this picture. In 1916 my grandfather was taken prisoner of war and was sent to Manchester, England. He was there for the duration of the war.