5. Dr. Siegmund Löbenstein - son of Herz
On 14.03.1833 in Datterode, Siegmund Löbenstein saw the light of the world as the second of four known children of Herz Löbenstein (*04.11.1857 in Datterode - +25.06.1914 in Datterode) and Bertha, née Goldschmidt (*22.03.1857 in Erdmannrode, Altkreis Hünfeld - +24.10.1941 in Eschwege). He married Louise Karoline Strobel (*12.12.1899). From this marriage came forth daughters Margot (*23.08.1922) und Helga (*18.08.1927). Whether and how the family survived the shocking period of Nazi terror is not known. Siegmund Löbenstein, however, studied law and graduated. Then, from the history of the Attorneys’ Association of Herne (http://www.herner-anwaltverein.de/herner_anwaltverein.php) we find that in 1911 he received his license to practice law, and was among the first in Herne. In 1928-1929 he was a member of the City Council of Herne, as a delegate of the SPD party (http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Mitglieder_der_Stadtverordnetenversammlung_der_Stadt_Herne). In mid-1933, according to this source, he had to turn in his license. According to research by Mr. York-Egbert König of the Eschwege Municipal Archive, Dr. Siegmund Löbenstein died on 11 May 1959 in Bonn. We find few traces of his daughter Helga, who attended the Höhere Mädchenschule (Girls’ High School) in Recklinghausen (known as Städtisches Lyzeums after 1916, Oberlyzeum after 1918, Oberschule für Mädchen after 1937),now the Marie-Curie-Gymnasium (http://www.re.shuttle.de/re/mcg/schule/geschi.htm).
A visitor from the city of Bonn brought some more details to the family history in 2015. Please, have a look at this report> (sorry, only in German).http://www.heimatverein-datterode.de/de/archiv/veranstaltungsarchiv/veranstaltungsarchiv-2015/27-de/veranstaltungsarchiv-2015/343-spurensuche
Regarding the fate of Siegmund’s brother Baruch (*14.09.1881 in Datterode), his mother Bertha and his sister Rosa (*15.10.1885 in Datterode), who was married to Jofried Freund, (*31.07.1879 in Fulda; children: Reche, *31.Juli1909 and Bella, *29.12.1910), see “Let us not forget”. Regarding his brother Julius (*29.07.1884 in Datterode), nothing further is known. He should have been immigrated to the USA.
6. Julius Pfifferling - son of Albert
It was known that Julius Pfifferling emigrated to South America in 1939. He is supposed to have continued through Argentina to Chile. In the search for him, in 2008 we found on the Internet a listing for an Alberto Pfifferling in a golf club in Santiago, Chile. Because the father of Julius was named Albert, we made the obvious assumption that he possibly was a grandson, named after his grandfather, Alberto in Spanish. Without hesitation, we wrote to the golf club, and about two days later we received an email indicating that Alberto Pfifferling is indeed the son of Julius Pfifferling. Alberto Pfifferling was born in Chile in 1942. His father Julius died in 1990. Alberto is married, and has two children and three grandchildren. In the meantime we are also in contact with the son of Alberto namend Gonzalo.
8. The synagogue in Netra and the "Jewish School" in Datterode
The Jews of Datterode belonged to the synagogues community in Netra. The synagogue and the prayer room was probably built at the beginning of the 19th Century. It was a half-timbered building with a courtyard building at No. 19 Brauereistraße in Netra. Details about the appearance of the building are not known. After the dissolution of the Jewish community (in the period 1933-1938), the synagogue building was used as stables and barn. 1971 the owner had torn down the building due to the dilapidated condition. Until recently, the woman synagogue inside was still visible and also the place where the shrine of the Tora was located before. In place of the former synagogue a garage was created.
A special reference to the synagogue is in the Jewish Museum Berlin (http://www.jmberlin.de/). There for many years a cult object is stored. It is a Besamimbüchse. This Jewish cult object is a spice container, to smell at the end of the Sabbath at the Havdalah ritual to get something from the special taste of the feast day of taking in everyday life. The type of spices is not fixed. Myrtle leaves are popular in allusion to Isaiah 55.13: “Instead grow thorns cypress, myrtle instead of stinging nettles (see http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Besamimb%C3%BCchse).
The Heimatverein Datterode e. V. could help the curator in Berlin, Mrs. Michal Friedlander, to find tracks to the founders. Moritz Loewenstein from Netra, who had fallen in 1917 as a soldier in the first World War, had sponsored the tin to the synagogue in 1912. His descendants visited his grave in 2010 and, moreover, the former home which had stood on the synagogue's courtyard. The HVD accompanied the visitors and learned much about the family history (see Event Archive 2010).