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Submitted by David John Lichtenstein

Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - German
Approval Date: 10/14/2018 4:14 PM
Family Surname: Lichtenstein
Country: Germany
Town: Various
Date of Image: 1950s
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This is part of what I believe are post War compensation claims by my late Grandfather Friedrich Lichtenstein and therefore the first page of his potted biography which I would appreciate a translation of including the second page which follows. More importantly I am planning a trip to Germany in late July to early August 2019 and would appreciate the assistance of an English speaking guide (or guides) in the areas in which he worked and lived.

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On  Response 
10/17/2018 9:25 AM Curriculum vitae
of Friedrich Lichtenstein
born 26 December 1888 in Culmsee, Thorn District

I was born as son of the cantor Samuel Lichtenstein on 26 December 1888 in Culmsee, Thorn District. I received my training as cantor, government primary school teacher and religion teacher at the J├╝dische Lehrerbilidungssanstalt (Jewish Teachers' Training Institution) of the Jewish Community in Berlin, Grosse Hamburgerstrasse. There I took my government primary school teacher and religion teacher examinations. Later I took courses with Rabbi Dr. Beack to enhance my knowledge in religious studies. According to the opinion of my teachers, I had a recognized talent in music and song and was very accomplished, so in 1910 I began having voice lessons with Max Heller, who was a teacher at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin. In 1907 and 1909 I was already serving as a cantor for the High Holidays in Cottbus, and also in 1910 in Berlin, with great success. From 1911 until July 1914 I held the position of First Cantor and Religion Teacher in Erfurt. I continued my voice studies in nearby Weimar, and after my return to Berlin in July 1914, with Professor Emmerich in Berlin-Wilmersdorf.
My goal was to be hired at the Jewish Community as head cantor. Due to the outbreak of the war, it became difficult to achieve my goal, even more so because I was recruited several times for service in the Army. Still, I succeeded during furlough to be occupied at the [Berlin] kehilah as cantor and religion teacher, until I was permanently stationed in 1917. As a soldier, I could on several occasions test my abilities as a singer, and I was also solicited as a tenor and soloist at the City Theatre at Hamborn on the Rhine, while I was servicing as a guard at a nearby POW camp. My success led to my appointment to the Hoftheater (Court Theatre) in Sondershausen.

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