Help needed to interpret details in Offenbach Jüdische Einwohnermeldekartei #germany


The attached image is of my grandfather’s index card in the Meldekartei. In the lower left quarter are details of his movements. Most of these relate to time spent in the Prussian Army. For example, he went to Darmstadt in 1909 for his national service in Infantry Regiment 115. However, I have several questions about the entries and hope someone can help with answers.


For most of the various recorded comings and goings two dates are shown, one above the other. In all but one instance, the first date is a few days after the second. So why are there two dates?


In November 1912 he appears to have gone to Landau for 10 months. But Landau at that time was in Bavaria, whose armed forced were quite separate from the Prussian Army. So why would he have gone there?


I cannot read the characters after ‘Landau’ or after ‘Wiesbaden’. Any suggestions?


The final ‘linked’ dates on the card are 21 November 1916 (midway through WW1) and 1 August 1914 (the day the Kaiser ordered full mobilisation). So these are almost two years apart and appear to be linked with a return from Wiesbaden. Perhaps he was wounded in 1916 and returned home, but that doesn’t explain the 1914 entry. Any ideas about this?


I have searched for answers in Offenbach and in online databases without success, so hoping someone seeing this might have encountered something similar and found answers.


Sohail Husain (Hampshire, UK)

Searching for Grünebaum and Reiss

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