1970 - 1989

Davin Schoenberger


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Name in US
Rabbi Davin Schoenberger
Parents' Name

Helene Hirsch and Phillipp Schoenberger

Date of Birth - Note
March 26, 1897
Country of Birth
City of Birth
Spouse(s) Name(s)

Ilse Fuchs
(1905 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – 1997 Birmingham)
Married March 18, 1930 in Luxembourg

Children's Names

Elaine Schoenberger (George Katz)
(Born 1936 Luxembourg City)

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

Was chief rabbi in Aachen, Germany (1926-1938).

Before World War II he was a widely published poet, scholar, and lecturer. He performed the marriage ceremony of the parents of Anne Frank.

On November 9, 1938 (Kristallnacht), he saw his synagogue burned to the ground by the Nazis.

In the US, his chief pulpit was in Chicago, but he later served Temple Mishkan Israel in Selma, AL. Lived in Birmingham since his retirement in 1960.

Year / City / Ship to US
November 16, 1940 / Boston, MA / SS Nerissa
Alabama City of Residence
Selma, Birmingham
Date of Death
December 5, 1989
City of Death
Birmingham, AL
City of Burial / Cemetery
Tuscaloosa, AL / Tuscaloosa Memorial Park