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Louis BossLouis Boss

Louis Boss (3 March 1855, Danzig-1940, Danzig), horse-trader in Kashubia, son of Jaime/Heine, descendant of Sephardic Jews in Danzig since at least 1807. From On the Vistula Facing East, by Louis' great-grandson Frank Meisler, "Louis Boss was a Sephardic Jew. The family left Spain in the fifteenth century rather than convert to Catholicism and found refuge in Protestant Holland. In Spain the family name had been Boaz. In Holland they settled in the town of Hertogenbosch, changing their name to Den Bosch...Louis' great-grandfather left Holland for Danzig...married and settled there."

Date: ?  Place: ?
Submitted by Frank Meisler
Franz Boss, Lucie Blumenthal Boss, and Meta Boss MeislerFranz Boss, Lucie Blumenthal Boss, and Meta Boss Meisler

Franz Boss, son of Louis Boss, his wife Lucie Blumenthal from Elbing (middle), and their daughter Meta (left). Franz was a leather merchant, horse trader, Danzig's Argentinian consul, owner of amber mines, saw-mills, cinemas, and real estate, and a major benefactor of the Jewish community of Danzig.

Date: ?  Place: Wiesbaden
Submitted by Frank Meisler
Kurt Regan, Ruth Boss Regan, and Meta Boss MeislerKurt Regan, Ruth Boss Regan, and Meta Boss Meisler

Kurt Regan (originally Regensburger), medical doctor from Bavaria, with his wife Ruth Boss (right), daughter of Franz Boss, and Ruth's sister Meta (center). Kurt's brother Fritz moved to Danzig after visiting for the wedding of Kurt and Ruth.

Date: 1920s  Place: in front of Zoppot Casino
Submitted by Frank Meisler
"Ratz-Batz" Arthur Levandovsky

Arthur Levandovsky, nephew of Louis Boss, wearing the uniform of a Black Hussar. After World War I, he lived in the Danzig suburb of Schidlitz and was a horse-trader. From On the Vistula Facing East, by Frank Meisler, "On the night of 12 November 1938, when Nazi stormtroopers burned down the synagogues of Langfuhr and Zoppot, Arthur guarded the Danzig Central Synagogue, club in hand, with other First World War veterans." Later, he managed to escape the Nazis in Danzig and made his way to Naharia, Israel, via a lengthy detention in British Mauritius. "When the Nazis swept through Danzig into Poland, a motorcycle unit of the SS caught up with him and his horses on a country road in Kashubia. They shot the Jews among the traders on the spot, but because of the photo of Arthur as a black-uniformed Hussar and the Iron Cross he wore, they let him go."

Date: c. World War I  Place: ?
Submitted by Frank Meisler

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