Kusel/Karl (Sept. 2, 1852-ca. 1939)
kindly sent to me by Avraham Malthete]
born in Ermershausen, Germany, died at the USA, and
was a store-owner.
He was married (Bamberg, Oct. 31, 1918)
to Veronica Steinhardt (July 27,1857- June 9, 1935).
(Added March 6, 2003: Kitty Munson has kindly
pointed my attention to the
Wuerzburg JewishGen DataBase
, that has Zeilbergers in it.
Karl Zeilberger was married to Kitty's relative Veronika
Steinhardt from the town of Floss, Bavaria, for which Kitty has built
shtetl site .
Kitty Cooper's family tree site,
a record of Veronika's burial is on this page:
Veronika Steinhardt Zeilberger's ancestry.
Isaak STEINHARDT, is Kitty's gggg-grandfather.
Karl and Veronica Zeilberger
had 12 children who survived childhood.
Rosa Zeilberger Beck. Rosa was married to Heinrich Beck.
Their four children are:
Martha Beck, who had no children.
Richard Beck, who married Renada, and who
had two children
Rosalie Beck Krantz (b. 1950), who is married
to David Krantz, and whose children are
Sheri (b. 1972), and Sammy (b. 1975).
Henry Beck (b. 1952), who is married to Marissa,
and whose children are Samantha (b. 1985) and Ilana
Ruth Beck Herschfield (b. 1925), who is married
to Gunther Herschfield. They have no children.
Paula (b. 1908) who was married to Julius Strauss, and
had no children.
Heinrich Zeilberger (Ermershausen, Nov. 16, 1883-?), was married to
Blanka Lutzky Zeilberger.
two children, now dead: Hans (b. 1926), and Fritz (b. 1928).
Neither of them had any children.
Ludwig Zeilberger, who was married to Dina, and who had
two children: Fred (who had two children whose name I
don't know), and Florence Zeilberger Horn, who is married
to George Horn, and whose children are Ann (b. 1936) and
Larry (b. 1938).
Martha Zeilberger Ginsberg, who was married to Arthur Ginsberg.
Martha and Arthur had two children: Roland (b. 1916, who
changed his name to Kibbee), and who has two children,
and Mitchel Ginsberg (b. 1921), who also has two children.
Friedrich Zeilberger, who was married to Liesel. They
had three children:
Seligman (Jan. 20, 1854- Koenigshofen, Dec. 12,1921),
kindly sent to me by Avraham Malthete]
(1879) Jette Frankenberger (July 28, 1852-Dec. 10, 1941).
Added Jan. 23, 2007: Elizabeth Levy communicated to be the
Mohel's report of Selgiman's Brit Mila ("brith")
and Jette had two children: Rosa Zeilberger Suendermann,
(who was married to Leopold Suemdermann
who had one daughter, Mina Kahn, all of whom were killed by
the Nazis), and
Julius Zeilberger (Sept. 2, 1883-ca. 1942)
who was married to Johanna Reinhold (Aug. 30, 1883-ca. 1942).
Julius and Johanna, who died in the holocaust,
had two children: Fritz (Fred) (?, 1918- Fort Lee (NJ), April 20, 2011), and Benjamin (Walter)
who managed to escape to the USA.
Fritz (Fred), who was a tailor and
dry cleaner, was married to Ilse (b. ca. 1923, who now lives in Fort Lee, NJ), and their children are
Jane Hartmann-Zeilberger (b. 1947),
who lives in Berlin since the early seventies,
was married to Winfried Hartmann. Their children are Sarah
(b. 1980) and Rebecca (b. 1985). In 2013, Rebecca married Ori Kegel. Rebecca and Ori Kegel have
a daugther Naomi Kegel (b. Nov. 6, 2015).
Jane graduated in 1964 from the Bronx High-school of Science,
and is a psychotherapist. On Mach 2003 she founded, with
Ann Wertheimer, an anti-war group called
"Americans in Berlin Against the War", and organized a
48-hour demonstration where she gave a
See also the
Article in Die Welt about the anti-war demonstrartion
Jeffrey Zeilberger (b. Jan. 29, 1951), who
is a pharmacist at the Purdue-Pharma R&D center in New York.
Jeffrey was married to Leslie Tarchis (b. Nov. 5, 1952). He is now remarried to ?.
Jeffrey and Leslie have two sons.
Adam Zeilberger (b. Feb. 27, 1981), a police officer, and Matthew Zeilberger(b. May 29, 1985), who married (2016) Andrea ?.
Benjamin (b. Walter) Zeilberger (Königshofen, ?- Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 2005) was an orthodox Rabbi
who lived in Brooklyn, NY. He studied in a yeshiva in Mir, Poland, and (possibly with the whole
yeshiva) escaped to Sanghai, China, and later to the USA. He taught at the Beth Hatlamud yeshiva in Brooklyn.
He was married to Sarah, and they have
Hannah, Rifka, Yehudis, Yeruchin (who is a rosh yeshiva) , Arie Loeb
(who lives in Bnei Barak, Israel), Chasia,
Yehuda (who also lives in Israel, I think), and Eleasia.
Rabbi Benjamin and Sarah have very many grandchildren and
great-grandchildren, ken yirbu!
, my great-grandfather.
(Ermeshausen, Jan. 14, 1860- Coburg, Nov. 29, 1928) was better known
as Elieser or Ernst.
Lazarus-Ernest, who married (Oct. 1890) Rosa Weickerscheimer
(April 13, 1864-?), who owned a large textile business in Coburg,
had 6 children.
Leo Zeilberger (Ermsershausen, Feb. 3, 1894- Kiryat Bialik, March, 1989),
who married Miriam Mannheim (Gradenz, 1898-Kiryat Bialik, 1966).
In June 1924,
Leo and his brother Heinrich
(see below), and another brother,
were harassed by a gang of 15 Nazis, and
to scare them away, Leo shot some bullets, one of them
wounding one of these ruffians. However, he was
acquitted when it was proved that he was acting in
self-defense. Nevertheless, many citizens of Coburg
(that was a notorious Nazi stronghold) started to boycott
his family's clothing store, and after a few years, the
[This incident is naratted in p. 249 of the book
(in Hebrew): `Pinkas Hakehilot,
Germania, Bavaria', published by Yad vaShem, Jerusalem, 1973,
where it is also mentioned (p. 250) that Leo Zeilberger was
known as an active fighter against Nazis, and that he was
chair of the local chapter of Jewish (WWI) veterans.)
When Hitler came to power, in 1933, the Nazis had
their revenge, and Leo and Heinrich were badly
tortured, and then taken to Dachau. Luckily, they were released in 1936,
and were able to emigrate. Leo went to Palestine in 1937,
where he later became in charge of landscaping in Kiryat Bialik.
Added April 5, 2012: Rachel Zeilberger Rotman and Michal Ayalon kindly
told me about the
Stolperstein (commemorative stone) for Leo and Heinrich in Coburg.
Leo and Miriam had one child,
Rachel Zeilberger Rotman,
who lives in Kiryat Bialik Israel. She is a retired schoolteacher and married
to Arie Rotman, a former merchant marine officer.
Rachel and Arie have 3 children:
Orit (b. Kiryat Bialik, 1964).
Orit Rotman married Oded Hershkovitz (b. ?). They changed their last name to Harel.
Orit and Oded Harel, who live in Adi, near Haifa, have three children:
- Omer (son, b. 1991)
- Ophir (daughter, b. 1993)
- Gilad (son, b. 2000)
Amir Rotman (b. Kiryat Bialik, 1967).
Amir is married to Rivka (Riki) and they have
- Yuval (b. 1997)
- Shira (b. 2000)
- Maya (b. 2006)
Shai (b. Kiryat Bialik, 1976)
Shai Rotman is married to Inbal Rotman and they have a son and a daughter:
- Nir (b. 2003)
- Hila (b. 2007)
Martha, who was married to ?, and had one child
Heinrich Zeilberger (Ermershausen, Sept. 18, 1891- ?, USA, ? 1970),
(mentioned above), who married Therese ("Rosa") Meyer
(??-?, 1997). Heinrich, his wife, and two children, lived in Palestine between 1936 and 1948. The children
Alfred and Margaret moved to the USA on Dec. 7, 1947, and their parents joined them later.
Added May 23, 2016: Heinrich is mentioned in
Ha'aretz, May 3 and May 6, 1948, for bravely helping his
son Alfred (called Abraham there), daughter Margaret, and son-in-law Max (called Meir there) Hirsch
immigrate to the US.
He was unfairly sentenced (by a panel of three judges, consisting of advocate Ben Yishai (chair),
Levi Shkolnik [who later changed his name to Levi Eshkol] and
Y. Ziv-Av) to a one month prison term. According to the Ha'aretz article, his wife, who was present in the trial,
cried bitterly when she heard the sentence.
Anat Stern wrote an interesting article (in Hebrew) about
the trials of "draft dodgers" and "defectors". (pp.11-12, footnotes 39 and 43).
Heinrich and Therese Zeilberger's children are :
- Alfred Zeilberger (b. Coburg(?), 1929), who between 1936 and Dec. 1947 lived in then-Palestine,
where he was called Abraham, and now
lives in Airmont, NY, and was a carpenter (owner/manager of
the A to Z repair shop), and whose children are:
(b. ca. 1958), an attorney
in Florida, who is married to Deborah M. Zeilberger, also an attorney.
Kenneth and Deborah Zeilberger have two children:
Aaron Zeilberger (b. ca. 1990),
yet another lawyer, who works at
Orange County public defender office
Emily Zeilberger(b. ca. 1993).
a geomatics expert.[Listen to her interesting lecture
on the Mesic Hardwood Forest]
Michael Zeilberger (b. ?)
Margareth ("Gretel") (?-?, ca. 2007), who between 1936 and Dec. 1947 lived in then-Palestine, and then "defected" with
her then husband, Max Hirsch to the US.
She was married three times.
Gretel's first husband was Max Hirsch (Hebrew name: Meir). Their children are
After Max passed away in 1974, Gretel married Harry Straus in 1977, who passed away in 1983.
In 1985 Gretel married Wallace ("Wally") Ross, and she lived in Mawah, NJ.
- Ron Hirsch (b. ?,?)
- Beverly Ann Heinz (b. Hirsch) (b. ?,?), who got her Ph.D. in biology at Univ. of Wisconsin, in 1986,
and whose thesis was entitled "ENTEROVIRUS-CELL INTERACTIONS THAT INITIATE INFECTION IN THE SMALL INTESTINE".
She is currently with Eli Lilly Research laboratories, at Indianapolis, IN.
Beverly is married to Michael Heinz (b. ?, ?), a former assistant dean, and currently (2016)
an adjunct professor at Butler University, and a tai chi chuan master.
Beverly and Michael Heinz are the parents of twin daughters
- Katharine Heinz(b. ?, ca. 1993, atteneded, and probably graduated (2015) Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
and Marissa Heinz (b. ?, ca. 1993, gradueat (2015) from Smith College, and former member of its crew team
Regina, no known children.
Bernd, no known children.
Isak Zeilberger (Oct. 20, 1862-July 1942) who was
already hard-of-hearing during his school years, became
totally deaf later in life.
He married (in Ermershausen, Sept. 12, 1910)
Frieda Rau (May 27, 1879-Jan. 29, 1943).
The wittnesses on their marriage certificate are
Frieda's father, Cattle-trader Emauel Rau, aged 63, and
Kissinger, aged 50 (who happened to be Henry Kissinger's
grandfather, and also the husband of
Isak's first-cousin, Lina).
Isak and Frieda had
two children. The first died young, but the second, Fritz,
emigrated to New York and worked as a waiter.
I would like to express many thanks to Mrs. Cordula
Kappner, director of the Landkreis Hassberge Library,
for her extremely generous help in supplying
much of the information concerning Ermerhausen in this page.
I also like to thank Marilyn Zeilberger for sending
me, back in 1993, extensive information about the descendants of
Karl Zeilberger, and to Marilyn's daughter, Helen Zeilberger
(my third cousin),
for an update (Dec. 24, 1999).
I also wish to thank (May 2, 2000), Liz Friedman, for updates
and more information on Leo Zeilberger and his family.
[Liz is married to the nephew of Arie Rotman,
and has a daughter whose name is the same as my youngest daughter:
I also wish to thank my father's first-cousin, Bertel Zeilberger
Schloss for many corrections.
Last Update: April 16, 2019 (thanks to Rachel Rotman and Gil Zeilberger)
May 14, 2017, (thanks to Jane Hartmann-Zeilberger).
May 23, 2016, Thanks to Gil Zeilberger.
June 14, 2014, Thanks to Pascal Kuhn, who kindly agreed that I post his very interesting
Seminar essay on the Zeilberger family (in German).
Feb. 11, 2014 (thanks to Alison Fussell)
April 5, 2012 (thanks to Rachel Rotman and Michal Ayalon)
Aug. 13, 2011, thanks to Gisela Bamberg.
Aug. 7, 2011: thanks for Avraham Malthete for sending the circumcision certificates of Kusel and Seligman Zeilberger;
Dec. 2, 2009:
to add a link to the ship-log records of
(thanks to Judith Berlowitz)
June 13, 2009. To add information about the children and grandchildren of Margareth Zeilberger Hirsch-Ross;
to correct the dates of Seligman Zeilberger (thanks to Avraham MALTHETE).
Avraham Malthete also kindly trascribed and translated (parts of) the
Book of Circumcisions.
Nov. 24, 2006. To update two new grandchildren of Arie and Rachel Rotman,
May 30, 2003 [ To add info about Jane Hartmann-Zeilberger ],
April 20, 2003 (thanks to Benjamin Bravman) ,
May 2, 2000 ;
May 12, 2003 (Thanks to Jeffrey Zeilberger.);
March 14, 2006 [to record the death of Rabbi
Oct. 22, 2006 [Thanks to Gisela BAMBERG, who kindly sent me
a copy of the Zeilberger pages in
"Biographisches Handbuch Wüzburger Juden 1900-1945"
(by Reiner Sträz, Verlag Ferdinand Schöngh, Wüzburg, 1989)].
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