German research resources #germany

Nikki Bossert


I have written to this group before for help, with success, and am hoping to find some additional resources. My search for my biological paternal grandfather (name unknown at the time - found through DNA testing and genealogy) began several years ago. Little by little I made progress, first by narrowing down the branches of a cousin's family tree, then finding a name through records at Arolsen Archives, and now, finally, I have determined a date of death and location of death. But there are many more questions I would like to answer. 

Abram Zilberminc was born in Poland in 1924 (in later years all records reflect 1928). He survived several years in Auschwitz and it appears he was the only member of his family to survive. He lived in a displaced persons camp for a few years and eventually immigrated to the US in late 1949 and made his way to Minnesota. There he fathered a daughter who would be put up for adoption. It is unknown if he knew of this daughter since his name was not on her birth certificate. At some point in the next ten years he moved to Los Angeles. There he fathered my father. My grandmother had been living there for a short time and not long after she became pregnant she married the man I had always believed to be my grandfather (he died in 1969 so I never actually met him) and she moved to Michigan where my father was born. It is unknown if Abram ever knew of the pregnancy. Through records recently obtained from Germany regarding restitution payments that Abram received, I finally discovered that he died in 1989 and in Germany. I am not sure when (or why) he moved to Germany but I believe it was around the late 1960s to early 1970s. His death record (attached) reveals he was not married at death and doesn't reflect any children living or dead (though I am not sure if German death records would note this information). He was living at the Saul Eisenberg retirement home when he died. 

Despite a lot of searching, I have never located any testimonies or stories that he left behind. What I know of him relies on documents I have obtained. But I still very much wish to know his story. Now that I know he lived his final years in Germany, I wonder if there may be more to uncover in German records. If anyone has advice on the best way to navigate those records or the best websites to use, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Kind regards,
Nikki Bossert
North Potomac, MD