Holocaust Survivors: Karlsruhe #germany #holocaust


In the late 1940s there were numerous often scattered attempts to list Jewish survivors resident in German towns, whether or not they originated there.  Most of the 111 Jews resident in Karlsruhe identified on one of these lists originated in SW Germany, but includes a few born in Lodz, Cracow and Budapest.  (The most unusual is a person born in “Allentown, USA”)  The list will be included in Jewishgen’s Holocaust database, but in the meantime, if anyone has a particular interest in Karlsruhe they may contact me.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.


I have or had cousins in this area, on my mother's side:  Lang and Ochsenreither were the family names I remember.


In the late 18th or early 19th century  one of the Jewish families from Fort-Louis, Bas-Rhin, France, crossed the Rhine River into Karlsruhe where they took up residence. The 1809 Judenedikt listed a Fortlouis family including Moritz J. Fortlous who immigrated to the United States in 1819 aboard the ship Louisa out of Le Havre France. He made his home in  Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. While there are a few scattered Fortlouis Jews in the United States, I wonder if any other stayed in Germany and might be on the list. Are you familiar with the name?

Carol Mills-Nichol
Madisonville, LA


My maternal family roots are in Schmieheim, near Karlsruhe.  My great-great-grandmother Karolina Hofmann (born Schnurmann) had two brothers Joseph (born 1821) and Joshua (born 1821) who emigrated and settled in Allentown PA.  They both died in Allentown and had children and grandchildren.  I was not aware of anyone returning to Germany.  But if the name of your unusual person is Schnurman(n) I'd be happy to check it out further.

Michael Braverman
East Hampton NY