Re: Erma and Kurt SCHLESINGER, son Henry #general

Renee Steinig

Dear Melody,

I would try to look for the SCHLESINGERs in some NY sources, but first
wanted to clarify some of your information.

Your wrote thar Rose and Louis Pinkus fled to Bolivia and it sounds
like your father came to the US in the 1940s.


- Do you know that Erma is the spelling of the name (vs. Irma)?

- Approximately when was she born?

- Is Henry her son? What's your basis for his birth year?

- Did Erma marry Kurt in Europe or in America? Was Henry (if that's
their son) born here?

- What makes you think that Kurt is still alive? If Henry was born c.
1931, Kurt was probably born before 1911 -- which would make him close
to 100 now.

There's a Kurt Sclesinger in the Social Security Death index who lived
in New York, NY 10019 -- which is just south of Central Park. He was
born 24 Apr 1902 and died Jun 1981.


Renee Steinig
Dix Hills (Long Island), NY

Subject: Erma and Kurt SCHLESINGER, son Henry
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2008 12:41:50 -0500

I am stuck on locating this individual. I thought I would look to those New
Yorkers for help. Erma and Kurt lived in New York City by Central Park. They
divorced in 1945. Henry was born in approx. 1931. Erma's maiden name is PINKUS.
Kurt owned a medical supply company and later a nail polish maker in the late
40's and 1950's. He owned extensive real estate in New York City. Erma's
siblings were Heinz, Thea, and Edith. Erma's parents were Rose and Louis PINKUS,
who left Germany and relocated during the Holocaust to La Paz, Bolivia. I
believe Kurt is still alive and wealthy. Therefore I am concerned that
he know that I do not desire anything >from him but stories, family
information, and photos.

This incredible discussion group has helped me in so many ways over the
last year with locating family and ideas for searching. My father was Heinz, who
changed his name to Frank Thomas and lived illegally in the U.S. for nearly 30
years. He died in 1975 shortly after finding his sister, Edith. We all enter
genealogy for different reasons. Mine is that until 2 years before my father's
death, I knew nothing of who he was or where he came from. I long to
fill this whole for my children and grandchildren. I never knew my
grandparents or aunts. Discussions about my father and his past were
very controlled and limited. He received his green card just a few
months before he died. Before that, he did not feel safe to share much
of anything.
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