Wednesday, August 20, 2008

East Prussia expert Ruth Leiserowitz has Wohlgemuth gravestone from Koeningsberg

Here's a quick item following the Litvak SIG luncheon, at which East Prussia expert Ruth Leiserowitz was the featured speaker. I'll follow up later with details of her presentation about Jewish records from Memel, as well as on her session on Litvak migratory decisions from Monday—both plenty interesting and useful.

For now, I will mention that I spoke with her briefly afterwards about the Wohlgemuth families of Memel and Koenigsberg, about which she was very knowledgeable. We didn't have much time, but she told me that she had photographed a Wohlgemuth gravestone from the old Jewish cemetery in Kaliningrad and that it was up on her website.

Here's the link and here is the photo.

We have an Isaak Wohlgemuth in our family, the brother of our great grandfather Julius Wohlgemuth. However, this is a different one. Ours was born in Koenigsberg but died in Berlin in 1929. We already have a photograph of his gravestone from the Berlin Jewish cemetery. This new Isaac died in 1896, while our Isaac was born in 1865, so he is not likely to be a direct forebear (or he wouldn't have been named Isaac). But perhaps we have another uncle here. More work to do.


  1. Hy... i was looking for information about Wohlgemuth´s family and i could observ your e-mails... i saw some e-mails from people whos looks for a past i comun... well i am great sun of a wohlgemuth... Wilhelm wohlgemuth from Liens Autria... he come to Brasil... but the rest of family still there... i have informations about the past... and some documents from 1500... things about the origen of this family... i can take some pictures and shere tham with you... if you are interesting.. off couse...
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  3. Hello. I am not sure if we are talking about the same surname, but my name is Mark Wieland. My great grandfather was Julius Wohlgemuth (1871-1912). He was born in Germany, and died in Rexburg, ID USA. If you think we may have a relation, you can contact me at The blog this account is related to was an old joke so you can ignore it, I am unsure how to delete it.


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