Locating an unknown father

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My grandmother is a holocaust survivor, since she was a child when she was separated from her mother at young age she has no information who her parents was.

We know who her mother was but she wasn't married, she had no registered profession and little is known about her.

I was wondering if I could get some help or ideas on how to find out who is my grandmother's father, even though it was over 80 years.

The mother was Hedwig Stern, born 9th of May 1910 in the small town of Hochstadt, near Frankfurt, Germany. She lived in Frankfurt, Neu Isenburg and Wiesbaden. She died on th 1st of May 1945 in Malchow, Germany. I'd be grateful to find out more about this woman, what was her profession, where did she live?

Her daughter, my grandmother, is Paula Stern, born on 6th of May 1933 in Frankfurt, was raised in a private children's home in neu isenburg and fled to France during the war.

She has a brother, Rudolf Stern, born after her in 1935, I believe I know who is father is.

Please fell free to ask me anything and suggest everything! Desperate for help.
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edited by Ellen Smith

3 Answers

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Hedwig Stern

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909

Name Hedwig Stern
Event Type Immigration
Event Date 1939
Event Place New York, New York, United States
Gender Female
Age 29
Birth Year (Estimated) 1910
Birthplace Germany
Ship Name Noordam


View the original document. The original may contain more information than was indexed.

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957

Affiliate Publication Number T715
Affiliate Publication Title Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957.
Affiliate Film Number 6289
GS Film Number 1758027
Digital Folder Number 004876461
Image Number 00262

Citing this Record

"New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2422-17Q : 2 October 2015), Hedwig Stern, 1939; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

answered by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
If you click on the photo, it will enlarge the printing  Hedwig Stern at age 29 Housewife, is shown as wife of  Friedrich Stern age 34, Factory Worker.

Details of the transport are at the top and Hedwig and Friedrich Stern are near the top on the left.
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answered by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (360k points)
edited by Eddie King
Eddie,  If you're looking for something to do here, you might want to make a free space page (or 2 or 3 or more, by different categories) with links to all the research sites that you have found - I've seen that you often post appropriate ones in response to questions.  Also, you will find several sites listed on the Holocaust project and category pages that are specific to records for victims and survivors.
Miss Gaille, I want to be an Arborist someday.! I've been working hard on merges. And doc stashing for my adoptees so my sourcing will be super-duper. And helping folks like Donnie Blackstone find stuff. I have stuff to do!
+2 votes

Are you certain that the person you have identified is really your great grandmother and that your greatgrandmother was unmarried when your grandmother was born?  There is a Hedwig Stern, born in Wiesbaden and died in the concentration camp at Malchow, but no birth or death dates are shown and Stern was her married name.  Her maiden name was Cohen.  She had a very unfortunate experience during the war.  She apparently went to France and then the Netherlands, attempting to escape the Holocaust.  She was captured and imprisoned in the Westerbork camp, then sent first to Auschwitz, where she arrived September 14, 1943.  From there, she was transferred to Ravensbruck, and finally to Malchow, where she was declared dead (probably at the end of World War II).  This record is at:


but that is one of 85 records for different people, all named Hedwig Stern, and all in Germany.  That list is at:


We have a few Hedwig Stern's on WikiTree.  Have you seen them?  Even though they don't look like the person you're seeking, you will find links in the sources for those profiles that will give you excellent places to look.

Good luck, dear.

answered by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (547k points)
Thank you. But the information in Had Vashem is quite wrong, she was born as Stern and married Heinz Cohen, from Bavaria, in Holland in 1942, I forgot to mention, but I don't know what where their relationship. Plus she never actually set foot in France because adult Germany citizen couldn't.

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