Remembering the Holocaust

The photo above is Shlomo Thal, born in 1904 in Valdemarpils, Latvia. This photo is particularly powerful for me as it looks so much like my own grandfather, born the same year. Shlomo and my grandfather were second cousins. Shlomo was killed in Riga, Latvia, in 1941. He was 37.

On this Yom HaShoah, I’d like to start a memorial to those relatives who were murdered in the Holocaust. It’s a small thing, but there are so many that should be remembered, just in the branches of my family. This is a partial list, as more branches and unfortunately victims are gradually being discovered. In all families, there are so many families for whom we have little or no information.

I’ll organize this by branch, just like the website is organized, and as with the website, I’m limiting this to descendants of my third great-grandparents. Some branches, particularly the Thal family, I have much more information than for others.

Descendants of Moses and Sara Thal

  • Heyman Thal, s/o Ephraim, s/o Moses – killed on August 7, 1941 near Valdemarpils, Latvia, age 66, bookshop owner and member of community council
  • Hirsh Jacob Kramer, s/o Scheine Thal Kramer, d/o Moses – killed in 1941 near Talsi, Latvia, age 73, merchant
  • Feiga Lea Fiskin, wife of Hirsh Kramer – killed in 1941 near Talsi, Latvia, about age 71
  • Hasse Lea Kramer Fiskin, d/o Scheine Thal Kramer – killed on October 20, 1941 in Mariupol, Donetsk, Ukraine, age 71
  • Haim Kramer, s/o Scheine Thal Kramer – killed in 1941 near Talsi, Latvia, age 68
  • Israel Kramer, s/o Scheine Thal Kramer – killed in 1941 near Talsi, Latvia, age 66, merchant
  • Musse Karp, wife of Israel Kramer – killed in 1941 near Talsi, Latvia, age 39
  • Hinde Thal Schalit, d/o Shimon Thal, s/o Moses – killed in 1941 in Riga, Latvia, age 66
  • Haim Hirsch Schalit, husband of Hinde Thal – killed in 1941 in Riga, Latvia, age 71
  • Jacob Thal, s/o Shimon, s/o Moses – died after October 16, 1941 in Latvia, age 63. merchant
  • Minna Blumberg Thal, wife of Jacob Thal – died after October 16, 1941 in Latvia, age 61
  • Schorre Lenhoff Thal, widow of Laser Thal, s/o Shimon – killed on August 7, 1941 near Valdemarpils, Latvia, age 43, druggist
  • Leopold Schatz, s/o Rosa Thal Schatz, d/o Moses – killed in November 1941 in Rumbula, Riga, Latvia, age 64, dentist, druggist
  • Judith Aminoff Schatz, wife of Leopold Schatz – killed in November 1941 in Rumbula, Riga, Latvia, age 62.
  • Zanno Schatz, s/o Rosa Thal Schatz, d/o Moses – killed in 1943 in Lodz, Poland, age 64, dentist, textile factory
  • Sara Schatz Schoen, d/o Rosa Thal Schatz, d/o Moses – killed in 1941 in Rumbula, Riga, Latvia, age 50, pianist and piano teacher.
  • Rochel Rebecca Thal Hasen, d/o Hirsh Jankel Thal, s/o Levin Thal, s/o Moses – killed about 1941 in Liepaja, Latvia, age 64.
  • Hirsh Hasen, husband of Rochel Rebecca Thal – killed about 1941 in Liepaja, Latvia, age 72, bank director.
  • Lea Thal Hirshberg, d/o Hirsh Jankel Thal, s/o Levin Thal, s/o Moses – died about July 1, 1942 in Liepaja, Latvia, committing suicide in the Liepaja ghetto, age 59.
  • Moses Hirshberg, husband of Lea Thal – died on June 24, 1942 in Liepaja, Latvia, committing suicide in the Liepaja ghetto, age 63, druggist, merchant.
  • Sheine Rivke Thal, d/o Hirsh Jankel Thal, s/o Levin Thal, s/o Moses – died about 1941 in Liepaja, Latvia, age 55.
  • Shay Shimen Thal, s/o Hirsh Jankel Thal, s/o Levin Thal, s/o Moses – killed July 23, 1941 in Liepaja, Latvia, age 50, engineer.
  • Erna Lieberman Thal, wife of Shay Shimen Thal – died about 1941 in Liepaja, Latvia, age 46, teacher.
  • Leo Thal, s/o Itzig Hillel Thal, s/o Levin Thal s/o Moses – died after October 9, 1941, in Latvia, about age 38, clothes manufacturing.
  • Shlomo Thal, s/o Itzig Hillel Thal, s/o Levin Thal, s/o Moses – killed in 1941 in Riga, Latvia, age 37, cork workshop.
  • Harriet Himmelhoch Thal, wife of Shlomo Thal – died after October 9, 1941 in the Riga ghetto, Riga, Latvia, age 36.
  • Sheine Shore Kramer, d/o Hirsh Jacob Kramer, s/o Scheine Thal Kramer, d/o Moses Thal – killed in 1941 near Talsi, Latvia, age 34, clothing saleswoman.
  • Sholem Ber Kramer, s/o Israel Kramer, s/o Scheine Thal Kramer, d/o Moses Thal – killed in 1941 near Talsi, Latvia, age 7.
  • Scheine Leah Kramer, d/o Israel Kramer, s/o Scheine Thal Kramer, d/o Moses Thal – killed in 1941 near Talsi, Latvia, age 5.
  • Janke Kramer, s/o Israel Kramer, s/o Scheine Thal Kramer, d/o Moses Thal – killed in 1941 near Talsi, Latvia, age 3.
  • Moses Thal, s/o Jacob, s/o Shimon, s/o Moses – killed about 1941, age 29, studied medicine in Switzerland before returning to Latvia.
  • Michels Tals, s/o Laser Thal, s/o Shimon, s/o Moses – killed on August 1941 near Valdemarpils, Latvia, age 14.
  • Sara-Aka Schatz Richter, d/o Leopold Schatz, s/o Rosa Thal Schatz, d/o Moses Thal – killed in November 1941 in Rumbula, Riga, Latvia, age 41, doctor.
  • Fanya Schatz Rogozinski, d/o Nochum Schatz, s/o Rosa Thal Schatz, d/o Moses Thal – died on January 31, 1943, in Treblinka extermination camp, near Poniatowa, Poland, age 34, engineer in chemistry, Pasteur Institute.
  • Shimon Schatz, s/o Zanno Schatz, s/o Rosa Thal Schatz, d/o Moses Thal – died about 1943 in either Lodz or Warsaw, Poland, age 33.
  • Wanda Imas Schatz, wife of Shimon Schatz – died about 1943 in Lodz, Poland, age 33.
  • Uri Schatz, s/o Zanno Schatz, s/o Rosa Thal Schatz, d/o Moses Thal – died about 1943 in Lodz or Warsaw, Poland, age 30.
  • Alex Thal, s/o Shay Shimen Thal, s/o Hirsh Jankel Thal, s/o Levin Thal, s/o Moses Thal – killed on July 23, 1941 in Liepaja, Latvia, age 16.

Descendants of Behr and Beile Blumberg

  • Sarah Hellmann Herzenberg, d/o Frieda Blumberg Hellmann, d/o Behr Blumberg – killed about 1941, age 61.
  • Willy Gabriel Herzenberg, husband of Sarah Hellmann – killed on February 17, 1942, age 53, iron dealer, hardware store.
  • Betty Glueck Plungiansky, d/o Fanny Blumberg Glueck, d/o Behr Blumberg – killed, details unknown
  • Hansy Glueck, d/o Fanny Blumberg Glueck, d/o Behr Blumberg – killed, details unknown
  • Moshe Glueck, s/o Fanny Blumberg Glueck, d/o Behr Blumberg – killed, details unknown
  • Isaac Glueck, s/o Fanny Blumberg Glueck, d/o Behr Blumberg – killed, details unknown
  • Frieda Herzenberg Rosenberg, d/o Sarah Hellmann Herzenberg, d/o Frieda Blumberg Hellmann, d/o Behr Blumberg – killed on February 17, 1942, age 29, office worker.
  • Pinchas Rosenberg, husband of Frieda Herzenberg – killed on February 17, 1942, age 29, dental technician and cabinet maker.
  • Ella Rosenberg, d/o Frieda Herzenberg Rosenberg, d/o Sarah Hellmann Herzenberg, d/o Frieda Blumberg Hellmann, d/o Behr Blumberg – killed on February 17, 1942, age 8 months
  • Joseph Herzenberg, s/o Sarah Hellmann Herzenberg, d/o Frieda Blumberg Hellmann, d/o Behr Blumberg – killed in July 1941, age 24, accountant.
  • Harry Herzenberg, s/o Sarah Hellmann Herzenberg, d/o Frieda Blumberg Hellmann, d/o Behr Blumberg – killed in July 1941, age 21, locksmith.
Willy Herzenberg, photo from Yad Vashem

Descendants of Nehemiah Gettleson and Hanna Rubinstein

I have not found Holocaust victims among this family yet, but I have not fully traced all the branches of their descendants.

Descendants of Samuel and Jette Hosiasson

  • Adolph Hosiasson, s/o Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed about 1941, probably in Latvia, age 70, industrialist.
  • Josef Hosiasson, s/o Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed about 1941, probably in Latvia, age 60, merchant.
  • Karl Hosiasson, s/o Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed about 1941, probably in Latvia, age 69, merchant.
  • Auguste Jakubson Hosiasson, wife of Herman Hosiasson, s/o of Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed in 1941 in the Riga ghetto, Riga, Latvia, age 65.
  • Jekaterina Olga “Katya” Hosiasson Tals, d/o Herman Hosiasson, s/o Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed in 1941 at Rumbula, Riga, Latvia, age 30.
  • Edgar Tals, husband of Jekaterina Hosiasson – killed in Riga Central Prison, ca. 1941, age 31, drugstore owner.
  • Herman Tals, s/o Jekaterina Hosiasson Tals, d/o Herman Hosiasson, s/o Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed in 1941 at Rumbula, Riga, Latvia, age 4.
  • Sofie Elizabeth Tals, d/o Jekaterina Hosiasson Tals, d/o Herman Hosiasson, s/o Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed in 1941 at Rumbula, Riga, Latvia, age about 2.
  • Samuel Hosiasson, s/o Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed on August 6, 1941 near Sabile, Latvia, age 61.
  • Olga Ketty Hosiasson, d/o Adolph Hosiasson, s/o Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed in 1941 in Latvia, age 20.
  • Julius Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson, s/o Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed on August 6, 1941 near Sabile, Latvia, age 20.
  • Golde Hosiasson, d/o Samuel Hosiasson, s/o Jacob Hosiasson, s/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed on August 6, 1941 near Sabile, Latvia, age 15.
  • Gita Fain Govsovics, d/o Feige Blumenthal Fain, d/o Chasse Hosiasson Blumenthal, d/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed in 1941 in Latvia, age 38.
  • Leon Jacob Govsovics, s/o Gita Fain Govsovics, d/o Feige Blumenthal Fain, d/o Chasse Hosiasson Blumenthal, d/o Samuel Hosiasson – killed in 1941, probably in Rumbula, age 4.
  • Mozus Govsovics, husband of Gita Fain – killed in 1941 in the Riga ghetto, Riga, Latvia, age 56, bookkeeper.

Descendants of Simon Schwartz and Hannah Newman

I have yet to do research on this family among Slovakian records, so have not yet found descendants that remained in Europe.

Descendants of Samuel Reichman and Hani Atlasz

  • Serena Josefovits Zopf, d/o Dwora Reichman Josefovits, d/o Kalman Reichman, s/o Samuel Reichman – deported from Bardejov, Slovakia on May 16, 1942, via Naleczow, Poland, to an extermination camp, likely either Belzec or Sobibor, and presumed killed, age 38.
  • Viliam Zopf, husband of Serena Josefovitz – died at Auschwitz about 1942, age 38.
  • Koloman Zopf, s/o Serena Josefovits Zopf, d/o Dwora Reichman Josefovits, d/o Kalman Reichman, s/o Samuel Reichman – deported from Bardejov, Slovakia on May 16, 1942, via Naleczow, Poland, to an extermination camp, likely either Belzec or Sobibor, and presumed killed, age 10.
  • Hedwiga Zopf, d/o Serena Josefovits Zopf, d/o Dwora Reichman Josefovits, d/o Kalman Reichman, s/o Samuel Reichman – deported from Bardejov, Slovakia on May 16, 1942, via Naleczow, Poland, to an extermination camp, likely either Belzec or Sobibor, and presumed killed, age 6.

Descendants of Samuel Zobel and Laja Safran

I have not yet done enough research on this branch to find any Holocaust victims.

If you have further information about any of these victims or others, please contact me.

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