1911 - 1999

Rudy Kemp


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Name in US
Rudy Alfred Kemp
Name at Birth
Rudolph Alfred Kempenich
Parents' Name

Margarete Steinberg

Max Kempenich

Date of Birth
May 4, 1911
Country of Birth
City of Birth
Sibling(s) Name(s)

Erna Frederike Kempenich (Dr. Alfred Leopold Einstein)

Erich Kempenich

Walter Heinz (Heinrich) Kempenich

Spouse(s) Name(s)

Margareta (Greta) Sybilla Nathan
Married October 10, 1935 in Emmerich, Germany

Rudy and Greta met at the family department store where Greta worked (Nathan and Gompertz).

Rudy and Greta were the last couple to be married in the synagogue in Emmerich, two years before they fled across that bridge over the Rhine. Standing on a pedestal in front of them on their wedding day was the four-foot tall brass Emmerich menorah.

Children's Names

Alfred “Fred” Kemp (Madalyn Tonkel)
(February 10, 1939 – February 24, 2012)

Donald “Don” Kemp (Gail Sopkin; Pat)
November 12, 1951 – March 9, 1988

Margaret Jean “Jeanne” Kemp (Steve Ginsburg)
June 19, 1947 – ?

Religious Identity (Prewar)
Religious Identity (Postwar)
Other Experiences

Rudy’s father Max, along with a business partner, owned the largest department store in Emmerich. In the US, Rudy would go on to found Tapecraft Corporation, which manufactured narrow tape zippers, clothing, labels, and book bindings.

27 members of Rudy’s family died in concentration camps. Of the 100 Jews in Emmerich, only 32 escaped.

Year / City / Ship to US
December 11, 1937/ New York, NY / SS Washington
Date Moved to Alabama
Alabama City of Residence
Date of Death
July 16, 1999
City of Death
City of Burial / Cemetery
Anniston / Highland Cemetery
Dates Lived in Alabama