My name is Linda Silverman Shefler and I started this site. 

This site encompasses the combined efforts of several cousins who have been researching their specific branch of the family, unaware of the existence of each other until several months ago.  All of the cousins descend from the various children of Bailli Diefenbach and Joseph Stern, except for me.  I descend from Bailli’s sister, Hanche (Henriette) Diefenbach and her husband Joseph Meier Marx 

There were two additional sisters that I am aware of, but to date cannot trace their descendants.  These four sisters were the daughters of Aron Diefenbach and Scheine (Schönchen) Goldschmidt (of Uttrichshausen).  The records indicate that this Diefenbach family was living in Sterbfritz, Hessen as far back as the 1780s.  It can be that they were living there prior to that, but I’m not yet aware of any records to prove that. 

Aron had a brother, David Löw Diefenbach, who was married to Telz.  Aron and David Löw were the sons of Jüttel (Jehuda) Diefenbach, who was probably born about 1730 and is our earliest documented ancestor. 

Our combined efforts have yielded us a tree that includes 723 descendants from Jüttel (Jehuda).  There is still a tremendous amount of unknowns for this family and it is my sincere hope that by having our family tree online, other descendants from this family will discover us.   

There is another Diefenbach family from the area.  They changed their name to Regensburger and lived in Zeitlofs.  The earliest documented member of that family was David who was probably born about 1725 and was probably the brother of Jüttel (Jehuda).  David was a Hazan (cantor). 

I worked with two highly experienced researchers in Germany who both separately commented that they feel that the Diefenbach and Diefenbach>Regensburger families are one and the same.  This assessment is due to the uniqueness of the name, the proximity of where they lived, the closeness of their ages and the repetition of the name David in both families.  Because of that, and solely for the purpose of this site, I’ve decided to connect Jüttel (Jehuda) and David as brothers, again, in the hope of attracting the attention of researchers from the Regensburger family.  It is not generally considered genealogically correct to connect families without documented proof, so I want to be clear that the connection is based on the assessments of a couple of researchers and not yet on fact. 

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, this work is the combined effort of several cousins.  While each of us is working extensively on various branches of our individual families, the following is relevant to the Diefenbach family as a whole: 

  • Jeffrey and Peter Dreifuss, brothers from Maryland, have been working on the family of Hannah Stern and Salomon Hess.  Hannah was a daughter of Bailli Diefenbach and Joseph Stern, and the 2nd great grandmother of Pete and Jeff.
  • Gail Leonard Fallender, hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, many years in California, has been working on the family of Henrietta (Jette) Stern and Jacob Katzenstein>Fell.  Henrietta is another daughter of Bailli. Jacob and Henrietta were cousins and immigrated to America in 1859, settling in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
  • Elizabeth Ida Posva of Sao Paulo, Brazil also descends from the Hess family and has been researching the descendants of Ferdinand Wild and Sara Hess.
  • David Stern, formerly of Pennsylvania, currently of Italy, is also working on the Stern family.  David descends from Julius Stern and Rebecka Levy who also settled in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in 1866.
  • Linda Silverman Shefler, hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, presently in Israel.  I learned three years ago that Hanche (Henriette) Diefenbach was my 3rd great grandmother, since then I have been attempting to piece together the Diefenbach family as a whole.  Hanche’s son Aaron Joseph Marx, my 2nd great grandfather, immigrated to America in 1853 and settled in Cleveland, OH.  He also had a sister who immigrated to America.

Some of the more prevalent surnames found within the site are: 


The main towns and villages where our ancestors lived are: 

Flieden, Harmuthsachsen, Hintersteinau, [possibly] Romsthal, Sterbfritz, Zeitlofs and Züntersbach.   

As one who has done a tremendous amount of research on my various family lines independently, or with other researchers not necessarily connected with my specific family, I have to say that the opportunity to connect to and work together with cousins towards the common goal of creating an accurate family tree and history is a real treat! 

It is my sincere hope that everyone will expand upon the tree as our knowledge increases, as well as share stories and pictures of the family.  The more stories and pictures we have, the more the family will come alive for us. 

It is with pleasure that I introduce you to the Diefenbach family!!


Family news
Nov 20, 2015
Sara Wild commented on event 48th birthday of Diego Steimetz:
Nov 15, 2015
Stefan (Steven) Hess added the photo image.jpeg to album Family photos
Stefan (Steven) Hess updated the details of <Private> Atkinson, MD in family tree Diefenbach Nov 2010
Nov 11, 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of Otto Grunebaum>Greenbaum in family tree Diefenbach Nov 2010
Nov 09, 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of <Private> Atkinson, MD in family tree Diefenbach Nov 2010
Oct 30, 2015
Stefan (Steven) Hess invited Sarah Diana Sarah D. Atkinson, MD to the site.
Stefan (Steven) Hess updated the details of <Private> Atkinson, MD in family tree Diefenbach Nov 2010
Oct 26, 2015
Stefan (Steven) Hess updated the details of <Private> Hess in family tree Diefenbach Nov 2010
Oct 25, 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler joined another family site: Katz Web Site
Oct 21, 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of Julian Cecil Marx in family tree Diefenbach Nov 2010
Sep 24, 2015
Sara Wild commented on event 68th birthday of Sara Wild:
Sep 23, 2015
beny wild commented on event 68th birthday of Sara Wild:
 מזל טוב ליום ההולדת
בריאות אושר ונחת
שנה טובה וגמר חתימה טובה.
מכל המשפחה

Felicitaciones de cumpleaños
Felicidad de la salud y la satisfacción
Feliz Año Nuevo y deseamos una buena señal.
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Sep 14, 2015
Sara Wild commented on event 45th birthday of Elizabeth Ida Posva:
Sep 12, 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler invited J. Emmons to the site.
Eva Israel updated the details of <Private> Lecerof in family tree Diefenbach Nov 2010
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Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Mar 25 2015 18:18

Copy and paste the following link to see an interesting piece written by our cousin, Rabbi Mark Glickman, about his ancestors who immigrated to America:


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Obituaries:PHYLLIS (NEE POMPER) ZIMMERMANN - (1929-2015)
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Mar 4 2015 19:17
Zimmermann, Phyllis of North Woodmere passed away on March 3, 2015 at the age of 85. Devoted wife and survived by her husband, Leo Zimmermann and her children Robin (Ron Sutton), Barbara (Michael Jetter) and Nevin (Margo Zimmermann). Grandmother to Andrea Barzilay (Michael Barzilay), Adam Jetter, Jason and Alison Sutton, Joshua and Jacob Zimmermann. Great grandmother of Blake, Averi and Sammy Barzilay. Sister of Rita (Harold) Rait
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Obituaries:MALCOLM 'MAC' ZUCKER - 1914-2013
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Dec 12 2014 22:20

Malcolm “Mac” Zucker, chairman of State Industrial Products, died on Oct. 18, 2013. He was 99.

Mac was born Sept. 15, 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Jay & Cyril Zucker. Jay Zucker started the The State Chemical Manufacturing Co. in 1911 and after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in accounting. Mac joined the company in 1937, soon becoming one of State’s leading salesmen. The specialty chemical manufacturer grew steadily over the next few decades. Mac took over as company president in 1971.

In 1987, Mac took special pride when the company set a sales record for the year at $58 million. “All of these good things will continue to happen as we work together to service our all-important customers,” wrote Mac Zucker in the employee newsletter statement in December 1987. In 1989, Mac assumed the title of chairman, when he named his son-in-law, Hal Uhrman, president. Hal led the company until 2012, when he turned over leadership to his son, Seth Uhrman (Mac’s grandson).

Mac remained active in the business until his death. He was an adviser to company management, attended board meetings and company functions. Under Mac’s leadership, State Chemical expanded from a local organization to an international company with over 850 employees, doing business throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Mac continued the State Chemical theme of offering first-class yet simple answers to the maintenance of America’s growing industrial infrastructure. For over 100 years, the company maintained essentially the same simple plan of providing the best possible products while keeping customer service foremost. While Mac put his own distinct stamp on what is now State Industrial Products Corp., he did not deviate from the initial operating philosophy of hiring the best people, offering them quality benefits, and insisting that they serve the customer.

Mac adhered to a strong set of values: commitment to the community, as well as commitment to customers and employees. Among the charities Mac contributed to were Coats for Kids and The Salvation Army. Most recently, Mac participated in State’s Make-A-Wish Campaign, attending company events and encouraging employee participation. The campaign resulted in the company granting a wish and sending a child and his family to Disney World in October 2013.

Mac was on the board of directors of the Montefiore Senior Living Facility in Beachwood, Ohio. Mac also donated an outside garden and lobby fish tank for Montefiore employees and residents to enjoy. In 2009, University Hospitals of Cleveland presented the Distinguished Diamond Award to Mac and his wife, Helene, for their generous support in helping to create the Andrew Uhrman Activity Center at Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital, named in memory of the Zucker’s great-grandson. In addition, the Zuckers have established several gift annuities benefitting University Hospitals in Cleveland.

Mac was married to Helene Zucker (Marx) for 71 years until 2009. He was the dear brother of Karl Zucker (Allane) and the late Henrietta Klein (Milton), loving father to Ronna Uhrman (Hal), the late Cary Zucker (Gail); adoring grandfather to Seth Uhrman, Tracie Kugler, Mindi Ratner, Amanda Zucker, and Kara Zucker; beloved great-grandfather to Margo, the late Andrew, Dylan, Jared, Ally, Erica, David, and Zak.

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Obituaries:OBITUARY FOR HAROLD 'HAL' UHRMAN - 1937-2014
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Nov 17 2014 18:56
UHRMAN HAROLD "Hal" UHRMAN beloved husband of Ronna (nee Zucker). Loving father of Seth (Ellen Pollack), Tracie (Larry) Kugler and Mindi (Charles) Ratner. Devoted grand-father of Margo Uhrman, Erica Kugler, David Kugler, Zachary Kugler, Dylan Ratner, Jared Ratner, Ally Ratner and the late Andrew Uhrman. Dear brother of Edith (Albert) Berkman, Ruth (Victor) Wertheimer and the late Solomon (Charlotte) Uhrman. Services will be held Sunday, October 12 at 1 PM at Tifereth Israel-The Temple, 26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood, OH. Interment Mayfield Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the residence 34000 Shaker Blvd., Hunting Valley, OH SUNDAY FOLLOWING SERVICES AND INTERMENT UNTIL 8 PM, MONDAY 1 PM-4 PM, 7 PM-9 PM and Tuesday 7 PM-9 PM. Friends who wish may contribute to the Andrew Uhrman Fund, c/o Rainbow and Children's Hospital, c/o The University Hospitals of Cleveland. - See more at: http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?pid=172770501#sthash.2SHOIdhN.dpuf
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Announcements:SHANA TOVA V'METUKA - 5775
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Sep 24 2014 17:52

Dear Cousins,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Shana Tova. May the New Year bring us much needed peace, compassion and hopefully, new ways of dealing with the worldwide issues that affect us all. May it bring each of us personally only good health, happiness, love and the fulfillment of our dreams.

Wishing you a sweet and peaceful 5775.


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Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Sep 15 2014 20:11

SILVERMAN, CHARLES M., 84, of Riverside, previously of E. Providence, Bristol, E. Greenwich and Providence died September 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Maningo) Silverman to whom he had been married for 10 years. He was born in Providence, a son of the late William and Mildred Silverman.

A 1948 graduate of Hope High School, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Silverman was the manager of the former Heller & Co. of Providence, a manufacturer of gold rings. He was the owner of the former Allyn’s Products Inc. of Providence, a wholesale Sports Fishing & Tackle Co. A self-employed artist specializing in light house prints; he was a serious amateur photographer, an avid striper fisherman and sailor. He was involved in Operation Clean Sweep and was a co-founder of Operation Clean Government and was a longtime lobbyist at the RI State House.

In addition to his wife, he is survived...

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Other:Claims Conference Reaches Landmark Agreement with Germany to Assist Child Survivors of the Holocaust
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Sep 5 2014 17:08

The German government has agreed to compensate child survivors of the Holocaust that were born after January 1st, 1928. Please share this information with everyone you know that this is relevant to.

Copy and past this link to access the article:


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Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Jan 5 2014 19:02

"The project, called “Spurensuche, Deutsch-Jüdisches Kulturerbe Weltweit” in German and “Traces, German-Jewish Heritage in the world” in English, will go live on the internet December 4th and include radio and television broadcasts in four languages".

This will be particularly interesting for those whose families left Germany during WWII.

Cut and paste the following link:
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Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Dec 2 2013 14:07
The former head of the Flats Oxbow Association died 12 days before a scheduled sentencing hearing for embezzlement and money laundering.

Tom L. Newman, 65, died Friday at University Hospitals after a long, undisclosed illness. He had pleaded guilty to siphoning more than $500,000 from the nonprofit community development corporation.

Newman was named executive director of Flats Oxbow in 2006, a job that paid him $50,000 a year. Before that, he chaired the group's board of trustees for many years.

Joseph Mazzola, executive director of the group during the 1990s, said Newman led a family aluminum business on the East Side back then.

"He was a great guy," said Mazzola. "Tom was able to run interference and sort through the variety of opinions and give me running room. He was able to navigate the political waters. He knew City Hall."

Newman was also president of the Edgewater Homeowners Association. Former Edgew...

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Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Sep 16 2013 19:55

The Nuremberg Municipal Library has about 10,000 confiscated books, today subsumed under the heading "Collection Jewish Community Nuremberg" (Sammlung Israelitische Kultusgemeinde IKG). The 10,000 volumes were part of the collection of Julius Streicher, the Nazis' chief propagandist and creator of the notorious anti-Semitic newspaper Der Stürmer.

Most of these books were taken illegally by the Nazis from Jews and other victims of Nazi persecution -- among them, Freemasons, clergymen and activists and institutions connected with the labour movement and left-wing political parties. The collection was placed in the hands of the Nuremberg Jewish community (Israelitische Kultusgemeinde) at the end of the war, which then gave it to the Library on permanent loan.

About a third of the books carry marks of provenance (signatures, book plates, stamps etc.) of former owners from over 400 locations, mainly in Europe. The librarian Leibl Rosenberg researched the books and compiled a list of the names of the former owners found in the books.

In January 2008 a first search list of 121 previous owners, predominantly from Nuremberg and Fürth, was published by the Nuremberg Municipal Library, and on the home page of this Central Registry which worked in partnership (together with the Registry's sister organization, the Commission for Looted Art in Europe) to assist those responding and to trace others. The list can be found at the end of this message.

The response to the first search request was enormous. Two thirds of the cases were resolved and taken off the search list by 2010. In total, 150 volumes were returned to the previous owners or their heirs in the USA, Israel, Great Britain, Austria and Switzerland.

In September 2010, a further list of 306 names of owners whose heirs are being sought was published, and a press release was issued by the Library.

Further details and the list of names can be found below.


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