Gerhard Steinitz

Above, the name of Gerhard Steinitz, on Kartell-Convent fraternity colours, Werner Weissenberg, pers archive

Kartell-Convent Adreßbuch, 1937, entry for Dr Gerhard Steinitz, Ring 30, Peiskretscham, O/s

On my father’s university colours are two names: his own, and that of Gerd Steinitz (see image at the top of this page, and below), so I set out to try to find out something about who he was.

USHMM gives the following details for Gerhard Steinitz of Peiskretscham, which is where my Grandfather Leopold and his siblings were born. We have visited Peiskretscham, and it’s a tiny place; the best I can say is that this is likely to be the right person.

Date of Move:

  • 22 Feb 1937
  • 8 Nov 1937

Occupation: brak d.

Place During War: Peiskretscham

Address: Ring 30

Work Address: brak d.

Gestapo Card Number: 39

Source: Peiskretscham Sequence Number: 11

Notes: geht nach Amerika / gone to America


Title: Names of Jewish people in Regierungsbezirk Oppeln, 1938–1945

Description: Electronic data from research into the fate of Jews from Oberschlesien, including information on deportations to concentration camps.

In the Index Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General’s Office of the USA is an entry for the following dissertation title, by Gerhard Steinitz of Breslau, which suggests that he was an obstetrician.

Author(s):SteinitzGerhard, 1909– 
Title:*Deflexionslagen durch Nabelschnurumschlingung.
Place of Publication:Stuttgart
Date of Publication:1934
Note(s):[diss. Breslau]
Type of Resource:Dissertation
Series/Volume/Page:Series 5/Volume 1/Page 612

Google Translate gives the following translation of the dissertation title:

Deflection positions by wrapping the umbilical cord

Gerhard Steinitz, born 1909, is also listed in the 1940 census in the USA. At that time he was living in New York with his wife, Ursula Steinitz.