As I wrote in my last post, most of the family of Moses Katz, son of Rahel Katzenstein and Jacob Katz, were still in Germany in 1930. That was also true for most of the children of Moses’ brother Meier and his wife Sprinzchen. Their sons Jake and Ike were in Oklahoma, but Aron, Regina, and Karl were in Germany. Meier Katz died on October 29, 1925; his wife Sprinzchen had predeceased him. She died on June 14, 1917. As I wrote about here, they are buried in the cemetery that overlooks Jesberg.
Their son Aron had married Sarah Leiser on June 2, 1907. Sarah was born on September 2, 1878, in Niederurff, Germany, a town less than ten kilometers from Jesberg. Aron was four years older than Sarah, born on November 28, 1874, in Jesberg. Aron and Sarah had two sons, Jakob, named for Aron’s grandfather, born on October 15, 1909, and Julius, born March 30, 1913.
In August, 1926, when he was not yet seventeen, Aron and Sarah’s son Jakob left Germany and joined his uncle Jake in Oklahoma. He settled in Stillwater and worked for his uncle there. In the US, this younger Jakob became Jack, presumably to distinguish himself from his uncle Jake. Jack was the only other member of Meier Katz’s family to come to the US before Hitler came to power besides Jake and Ike.
Aron’s younger sister Regina, who was born February 6, 1882, married Nathan Goldenberg on March 10, 1905. Nathan was born in Kestrich, Germany, on June 4, 1876, and he and Regina settled there after marrying. Kestrich is about 50 kilometers from Jesberg. Regina and Nathan had three children: Bernice, born March 16, 1906; Theo, born April 27, 1914; and Albert, born November 15, 1919.Finally, the youngest child of Meier and Sprinzchen to survive to adulthood was Karl Katz, born in Jesberg on May 18, 1885. Karl married Jettchen Oppenheimer on May 18, 1919, in Frankenau, where Jettchen was born on January 10, 1889. Frankenau is about 30 kilometers from Jesberg. Karl and Jettchen had three sons, Walter (1920), Max (1921), and Manfred (1929). Karl and his siblings Aron and Regina were all still living in Germany in 1930.
Thus, a fair number of my cousins, the descendants of my 3x-great-aunt Rahel Katzenstein, were still living in Germany when Hitler came to power in 1933. What happened to them once the Nazis were in power?
As I started to research that question, I prepared myself for the worst, knowing that some had in fact survived the Holocaust, but not knowing if any had not. I knew from prior research that I should be prepared for that wincing pain I have experienced every time I learn that another of my relatives was among the six million killed.