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

As of 18 October 2009 the Höchster-Hoechster-Hochster-Hexter family includes 2347 individuals, 11 generations and goes back to the mid 1600s. 

The following are some of the main surnames found in Höchster family: 

AUB, BERNS, BLOCK, BRILL, EICHENGREEN, FLORSHEIM, FRANK, GRIES, GROSSMAN, HAAS and HAYS, HEXTER, JACOB, JOSEPH, KAHN, KATZ and KANE, KUGELMAN, LAMM, LOEB, MARX, MAYER, MOSES and MORSE, OPPENHEIMER, PLAUT, POLACHEK, REISS, RICHMAN, ROHRHEIMER, SCHRAG, SCHWARTZ, SOLOMON, SPIER, STERN, STRAUSS and STROUSE, WEIL, WEINLANDER and ZELLERBACH.

 

I have attempted to be as historically accurate as possible; hence both given names and surnames are spelled in their various iterations as they evolved over time.  Please be sure to try using the different spellings when you are looking for a specific individual, as the name might not be spelled the way you expect. 

Case in point; German vowels will have an umlat (two dots) over them.  When translated to other languages, many times the umlat is eliminated and an e will follow the vowel.  For example; Höchster without the umlat is spelled Hoechster.  Bründel will be spelled Bruendel.  Löb will be Loeb.  Feel free to cut and paste the letters with umlates to broaden your search.

I look forward to expanding the tree and hearing from family members who have not yet been discovered. It is almost impossible to compile a tree of this size without the help, collaboration and input of numerous people.  While there are many people who are working on their specific branches of the family, I decided to try to locate and reconnect as much of whole family as possible.  I have attempted to be as accurate as possible and to verify information whenever possible, but please let me know if you do see something that needs to be corrected.  

 

I would also love to include any pictures, documents and other family related items that you are willing to share.  I have been collecting these items from generous family members and will start uploading them shortly.  Any and all contributions will be appreciated by all.

The photo on the left was contributed by Barbara Schwartz Burchstead and is of Leopold and Rosa (Höchster) Mayer and their children. 

The photo on the right was contributed by Caroline Gries and is of the Hays family.  If anyone can identify the individuals please contact me so we can put some names with the faces!

We presently have family members living in the United States, Israel, Canada, Colombia, England and Switzerland. 

This is a work in progress, so please be patient as it continues to evolve.  I look forward to hearing from you!


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Linda Silverman Shefler added Curtiss Sondheim>Sinclair , Fannie Margarete Grete Alstädter (Sondheim) , <Private> Saklad , <Private> Lubel and 13 other people to family tree: Hoechster Family Oct 09
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of Curtiss Sondheim>Sinclair , Fannie Margarete Grete Alstädter (Sondheim) , <Private> Saklad , <Private> Lubel and 17 other people in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Robin Smolen added Unknown Sondheim , Levi Sondheim , Joseph Sondheim , <Private> Baer and 6 other people to family tree: Hoechster Family Oct 09
Robin Smolen updated the details of Levi Sondheim , Joseph Sondheim , Hirsch Sondheim , Herbert Sondheim and 11 other people in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Aug 21, 2014
Robin Smolen added <Private> Sondheim (Lubel) , <Private> Sondheim (Gottfried) , <Private> Smolen , <Private> Smolen and 2 other people to family tree: Hoechster Family Oct 09
Robin Smolen updated the details of Pearl Roth (Schechter) , Jacob Schechter , Jettchen Worms (Sondheim) , Siegmund Sondheim and 4 other people in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Linda Silverman Shefler invited Robin Smolen to the site.
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of <Private> Smolen , <Private> Sondheim (Smolen) , Herbert Sondheim , Jettchen Worms (Sondheim) and 2 other people in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Linda Silverman Shefler added <Private> Smolen , Beatrice Claire Schechter (Sondheim) , <Private> Sondheim (Smolen) , Herbert Sondheim and 3 other people to family tree: Hoechster Family Oct 09
Aug 19, 2014
Linda Silverman Shefler said: MAZAL TOV TO MIRIAM AND MOSHE STULMAN ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR DAUGHTER TWO DAYS AGO!!
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of <Private> Bazak (Hochster) in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Aug 18, 2014
JB created a new family site: Billstein Family Website
Aug 14, 2014
צבי הכסטר updated the details of <Private> Hochster in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Aug 13, 2014
Linda Silverman Shefler said: MAZAL TOV TO TZVI AND SHIRA HOCHSTER ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR SON EIGHT DAYS AGO!!
Aug 01, 2014
Linda Silverman Shefler said: OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF SITA RABINOWITZ HOCHSTER WHO PASSED AWAY JULY 1st AT THE AGE OF 94.
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of Sita Rabinowitz (Höchster) and Nancy Savada (Marx) in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Linda Silverman Shefler posted a news article: NANCY SAVADA MARX PASSED AWAY NOVEMBER 27th 2013
July 30, 2014
Linda Silverman Shefler said: THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS RECENTLY UPDATED THE SITE! THE UPDATES ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Linda Silverman Shefler added <Private> Berkey , <Private> Diaz (Berkey) , <Private> Espe , Unknown Espe and 1 other people to family tree: Hoechster Family Oct 09
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of <Private> Berkey , <Private> Diaz (Berkey) , <Private> Espe , <Private> Espe and 1 other people in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Linda Silverman Shefler posted a news article: LEDA ANN KAHN PASSED AWAY MARCH 14th IN BROOKFIELD, CT
July 29, 2014
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of <Private> Stein in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
July 16, 2014
Mary Formeller updated the details of <Private> Formeller in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Mary Formeller added <Private> Formeller to family tree: Hoechster Family Oct 09
July 14, 2014
צבי הכסטר updated the details of Sita Rabinowitz (Höchster) in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
 
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Obituaries:NANCY SAVADA MARX PASSED AWAY NOVEMBER 27th 2013
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Aug 1 2014 11:29
Nancy Marx age 66 of Old Brookville, NY passed away on November 27, 2013 following a valiant fight against brain cancer. Loving and devoted wife to Harvey for 31 years. Daughter of the late Lila and Morton Savada. Sister-in-law to Joyce and the late Jeffrey Marx. Sister to Elias (Andrea) Savada and Alan (Will) Savada. Aunt to Danielle (Stephen), Eric, Samuel, Shira and Daniel. Great aunt to Jorryn and Emery. Nancy was a wonderful woman and humanitarian. She was an accomplished equestrian and consummate animal lover. A competitive tennis bridge and Mah Jongg player, and world traveler. She will be dearly missed by all the friends, relatives and animals she touched. Funeral services will be held Sunday December 1, 2013 at 2:00pm at IJ Morris, 21 East Deer Park Rd. Dix Hills, NY 11746. Donations to the charity of your choice.
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Obituaries:LEDA ANN KAHN PASSED AWAY MARCH 14th IN BROOKFIELD, CT
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on July 30 2014 16:51

Longtime Scarsdale resident Leda Ann Kahn died March 14 in Brookfield, Conn. She was 99.

Born in Dubuque, Iowa, on March 1, 1915, to Frank and Marguerite Huelsman, she graduated from Dubuque High School in 1933 and went on to study ballet with Hazel Sharp at the Chicago Ballet Co.

In 1939, while dancing in Caracas, Venezuela, she met Peter Kahn who would become her husband. They were married in 1940 and went on to have three daughters, Alexandra (McBrien), Petrina (Ulme) and Gretchen (Espe). They raised their children on Greenacres Avenue and Mrs. Kahn was a devoted mother to all three. Leda and Peter were married for 61 years until Mr. Kahn died in 2001.

Mrs. Kahn was enormously talented and she quilted and sewed beautifully, her family said. Not only did she make elaborate clothing for her...

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Media:'YEKKE RENEWAL: A NEW PROJECT 'TRACES' THE REMNANTS OF GERMAN-JEWISH CULTURE'
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:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/yekke-renewal-a-new-project-traces-the-remnants-of-german-jewish-culture/
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Important:SANDY KUGELMAN'S TWELVE YEAR BATTLE WITH BREAST CANCER
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Dec 6 2013 16:16

Sandy Kugelman of Austin, Texas passed away this afternoon after fighting a twelve year battle with breast cancer. I got to know Sandy through email exchanges and Facebook. The little I knew touched me deeply. Sandy was a mother, a fighter, an animal lover, a wonderful writer with an incredible sense of humor. She was also amazingly inspiring. From what I could see, she touched the lives of many with her courage, inner beauty, support and friendship.

Sandy was born in Cleveland and lived in Austin. She is survived by her children Jonathan, Eliana and Ezra, her mother Sylvia (nee Malik) and her siblings, Harvey and Ida Bergson.

May her memory be a blessing.

Never shy about speaking out about cancer, this is the piece Sandy wrote, "Writing Back to Cancer":

http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2013/10/05/writing-back-to-cancer-%5Baustin-american-statesman%5D-a-400742.html#.UqJKoI0YLow

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Obituaries:TOM NEWMAN OF FLATS OXBOW DIED FACING SENTENCING - 22 FEB 2013
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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Obituaries:GLORIA JEAN PRICE de GARCIA 1983-2013
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Nov 7 2013 22:58
Gloria Jean Price de Garcia was born on May 24, 1983 in Elmhurst, Illinois to Eileen and Daniel Price.
She passed away peacefully at home on October 24, 2013.
Gloria was a Box Office Assistant at The MAC at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
She is the beloved wife of Bayron Garcia Perez.
Loving sister of Marlene Price, Steven Price and Valerie Price.
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Obituaries:STEPHEN ANTHONY ZELLERBACH - MAY 18TH 1927 - NOVEMBER 11TH 2011
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Sep 20 2013 23:03
Stephen Zellerbach, philanthropist, businessman, community activist and fourth generation San Franciscan, passed away suddenly and peacefully November 11th at his Healdsburg home. He was 84, and will be remembered for a lifelong commitment to the Bay Area he loved. After attending Swarthmore College and serving in the Navy in World War II, Mr. Zellerbach came home to the Bay Area and graduated with a business degree from U.C. Berkeley. He married Merla Burstein and began his business career at the Zellerbach Paper Company, which was founded in San Francisco in 1870 by his great-grandfather, Anthony Zellerbach. His career followed many avenues. After the paper business, he became an entrepreneur, co-founding a successful car rental business and McCutchan Publishing Corporation. He next ventured into the wine business, launching Stephen Zellerbach Vineyards with his wife, Cecile "CiCi" Zellerbach, from the pioneer wine-making Nervo family of Geyserville. The Stephen Zellerbach ...

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Important:WERE YOUR FAMILY'S BOOKS ILLEGALLY CONFISCATED BY THE NAZIS? A LIST OF RIGHTFUL OWNERS AND HEIRS IS INCLUDED BELOW.
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.

http://www.lootedart.com/MVL06C739541

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Media:AMERICAN JEWS AND THE CIVIL WAR
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Aug 9 2013 13:55

Mark Glickman shared this very interesting article with me, “Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War” pertaining to an exhibit that is at the AJHS (American Jewish Historical Society) in New York, and is then moving to the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

"There has been a lot of scholarship on Southern Jews and the relationship between blacks and Jews, but on the Civil War per se, relatively little. Despite this neglect, the Civil War is kind of a crucible of American Jewish history. The Jewish population in 1840 was about 15,000, and in 1860 it was about 150,000, and there were probably about 10 or 11,000 Jews who fought in the Civil War — maybe about 7,000 on the northern side, 3,000 on the southern side. The war rapidly accelerated Americanization on both sides, and more than 50 Jews were commanders of regiments. The story we’re telling here is about rapid Americanization. In some way it’s a Jewish story, but it’s an American story in that it illustrates how America provided a framework for Jews to exercise their talents relatively unhindered by their Jewish identities".

I have been surprised that my great great grandfather entered the army at the rank of Sargent, but from this article, it wasn't surprising! He was a bookbinder, therefore somewhat educated, or at least able to read and write, which many people in those days were able to do.

Here is the link to the rest of the article.

http://tinyurl.com/lrgtbgg

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Obituaries:RICHARD JOEL DIED IN HIS SLEEP, APRIL 15th, AT THE AGE OF 96
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Apr 21 2013 12:04

Richard Joel, loving husband and father, advertising educator and arts supporter, long-term resident of Tallahassee Florida and Highlands North Carolina, died of natural causes in his sleep on April 15, 2013, at his home at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee. He was 96. For 85 years opera was his passion. It started at the age of 11 when he attended a Metropolitan Opera performance of Norma in Atlanta, and until the very end, he would tune in daily to satellite radio to listen to Met opera broadcasts.
Richard Joel was born December 31, 1916 in Athens, Georgia.

He was a member of ODK and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA degree from the University of Georgiaand later earned a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin.

During WWII he served in the Air Force and after that he embarked on an academic career as a professor at Emory University where he founded and directed The Advertising Institute.

He later taught at Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Wisconsin, and finally the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he chaired the advertising department in the College of Communications. He retired as Professor Emeritus of advertising and was named by UT one of the outstanding professors of the year.

After that he returned to Tallahassee where he became a consistent supporter of music at The College of Music at FSU.
He also pursued his hobby as an amateur actor. He was a five-time winner of the best actor award at Tallahassee Little Theater. He worked actively with community theaters in all the cities where he served as a university professor.

At Florida State he was president of Phi Beta Kappa, he was active on the Artists Series Committee, and he served on the board of the Tallahassee Little Theater.
While at UT he was on the board and served as public relations director of the Knoxville Opera. At the same time he served as national president of both the Alpha Delta Sigma advertising fraternity and the American Academy of Advertising.

For three summers early in his career he worked with Clyde Bedell, internationally recognized advertising practitioner and author, whose textbook he assisted in writing and editing.
In Knoxville he became a good friend of Robert Lyall, then general director of the Knoxville Opera Company and later director of the New Orleans Opera.

For the next 25 years, Richard would travel annually to New York with him where he assisted in auditioning over 3,000 opera singers. They would also squeeze in as many Metropolitan Opera performances as their schedules would allow.
While at UT he and his wife Edith were attracted to the climate and natural beauty of Highlands, NC, where they began spending a portion of each year over 35 years ago. Together they became actively involved in local theater and art functions.

Inspired by the exposure to the opera talent in New York and elsewhere, Richard Joel, at 75, created Bel Canto, a musical concert which brought some of the most talented voices in the country to Highlands. His wife Edith actively supported the initiative to become a fundraiser for the Bascom-Louise Gallery where she was serving as a docent.

For fifteen years, until the age of 90, Richard relied on and guided a steering committee made up of some of Highlands' most civic-minded and loyal supporters of the arts. Bel Canto became a highly anticipated event which sold-out annually. As chairman he identified and attracted the talent, he helped create the program, he drew on his advertising experience and originated the publicity by writing the articles for local publications.

In addition he handled the ticket sales while overseeing the steering committee for effective implementation of his vision. After he turned over the position as chairman, his successor observed that it took three people to accomplish all the tasks that Richard had done himself for fifteen years. When he attended the 20th annual recital as chairman emeritus, the fund raising had not only been used to purchase numerous significant pieces for the permanent collection at the Gallery, but had been broadened to include music and choral programs in local schools and the community child development center.

Truly a lasting legacy.
In addition, during the years in Highlands he was very active in the local theater. He was well into his eighties when he played his last lead role -- in "The Sunshine Boys." And until his last summer in Highlands he continued his decades long volunteer work with Mountain Findings, a fund raising endeavor supporting numerous area charities and needs.
Richard Joel is survived by his daughter Madge Joel Ringbakk and her husband Chuck of Tavares, Florida; his son Richard Raymon Joel and his wife Elaine of Tavares, Florida; as well as two grandsons Rick Ringbakk and Jeremy Joel both of Los Angeles, California.

He was married to his beloved Edith for 59 years until her death in 2001.
Richard Joel was not only a university professor. He was for so many a Life teacher. For his 90th birthday his daughter contacted a number of his former students, many by then also retired. She received dozens of responses telling in moving detail how much he had meant to them in and out of the classroom and how they had kept up over the decades.

His passion for the arts and opera in particular has demonstrated that age is a state of mind. By following his bliss and engaging life fully, his Journey became a rich beacon for all who had the privilege of knowing him.
In six words:

NINETYSIX YEARS

NO FEARS

OPERA EARS

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