garysam.typepad.com > Strange Picture

Strange Picture

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 Christianity many years before.
Hildegard's father, Herman Samenfeld, was the brother of my grandfather, Adolph Samenfeld.
She came to Milwaukee from Osnabruck, Germany to visit her cousin, my aunt, Irma Jacobsohn in 1983. I know this visit was in 1983, because my daughter, Michelle, was one 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 Jacobsohn'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.

More information on the fate of Adolph Samenfeld's family:
http://garysam.typepad.com/history_of_the_samenfeldp/2016/04/samenfeds-from-diepholz.html#more

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.

http://garysam.typepad.com/history_of_the_samenfeldp/2017/06/adolph-samenfeld-family-tree.html#more