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David Schneebalg: Nuremberg, Poland, Russia, USA

David Schneebalg from Nuremberg now lives in Florida. How he came there is an almost incredible story both of loss and luck. He is the only survivor of his family. His parents and his brother were murdered by the Nazis.

Takeouts from a letter of David Schneebalg, September 17, 1998: "All I can say is that I was very lucky throughout my whole life. After I had lost my work with A. Stock at Ludwigstrasse in 1934 when the store was taken over by the Aryan Fischer company, I found myself a new job in Magdeburg.

 

Ladies' ready-to-wear store Adolf Stock at Ludwigstrasse 4-8 in 1930

Ladies' ready-to-wear store Adolf Stock at Ludwigstrasse 4-8 in 1930 (NCA E 39 no. 1181/22)

In October 1938 I was deported to Poland. Though I was born in Nuremberg, I was a Polish citizen because of the nationality of my parents.

 

David's father Heinrich Schneebalg born 1885 in Kolomea (Galicia)

David's father Heinrich Schneebalg born 1885 in Kolomea (Galicia).
The Nazis killed him in 1940 in Buchenwald concentration camp

When the Germans attacked the Soviet Union in 1941, I was on the Russian side. In May 1941 I had been enlisted for service with the Red Army. My service lasted until October 1945. Then I made my way to Nuremberg. One month later I arrived and lived in the survivors' home at Wielandstrasse 6 where I met Mrs. Stern. In January 1947 we arrived in New York and got married. We were married for almost 30 years ..."

 

The inhabitants of the survivors' home at Wielandstraße 6

The inhabitants of the survivors' home at Wielandstraße 6:
First row on the left Sami Stern, standing on the right Peter Stern.
Third row, second from the right Lina Stern, on her left David Schneebalg.

He married Lina Stern whose husband and father of her two little sons Peter and Samuel had perished in a concentration camp. In the United States Peter and Samuel Stern went to university. Samuel Stern accomplished a doctorate in biology and is dean at the Boston University today.

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