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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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Oct 10, 2014
Robin Smolen added Clara Meyerhoff (Sondheim) to family tree: Hoechster Family Oct 09
Robin Smolen updated the details of Clara Meyerhoff (Sondheim) , <Private> Halpern and <Private> Sondheim (Halpern) in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Linda Silverman Shefler added the photo Yereth Kahn Knowles to album BRILL FAMILY
 
Linda Silverman Shefler said: OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF YERETH KAHN KNOWLES WHO PASSED AWAY IN JULY.
Linda Silverman Shefler posted a news article: YERETH KNOWLES PhD - 1921 - 2014
Oct 09, 2014
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of Yereth Kahn , <Private> and <Private> Blake in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Sep 23, 2014
Allison Plaut updated the details of <Private> Plaut in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Allison Plaut invited Alan Edward Plaut to the site.
Sep 22, 2014
Robin Smolen updated the details of Karl Baer , Herbert Sondheim and Siegmund Sondheim in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Sep 16, 2014
Caroline Gries said: Sorry about the death of your father. PS I met Rabbi Glickman.
Linda Silverman Shefler posted a news article: CHARLES MARX SILVERMAN DIED SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
Sep 13, 2014
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of Charles Marx Silverman in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Linda Silverman Shefler said: MY FATHER, CHARLES MARX SILVERMAN, PASSED AWAY TODAY AFTER A LONG ILLNESS. HE WAS EIGHTY-FOUR.
Sep 12, 2014
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of <Private> Bär>Baer , Alfred Bär , Karl Baer , Robert Sondheim and 15 other people in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
 
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Obituaries:YERETH KNOWLES PhD - 1920 - 2014
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Oct 9 2014 20:58

Yereth Knowles led a full and rich life. Her earliest memories are of a childhood home in Greenwich Village NYC during the Great Depression where artists, writers, Spanish Civil War volunteers and political leaders came for food and conversation. She was very close to her sister Mary and together they wandered the neighborhoods and museums and attended George School in Bucks County PA.

Yereth met and married William Knowles at the University of Wisconsin, and during WW ll she worked where he was, as a social worker, draftsman and cab driver. As a young mother and faculty wife, Yereth took up fiction writing. She was a protégé of Flannery O'Connor and worked hard at her craft and published one novel, "The Town is Aaron"

The Knowles family traveled extensively, living in the Caribbean, California, Uruguay, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Yereth began teaching at InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico in 1963 and comp...

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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.

Linda

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Obituaries:CHARLES MARX SILVERMAN DIED SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
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:SHANGHAI MUSEUM UNVEILS MEMORIAL TO JEWS WHO FOUND HAVEN IN CITY
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Sep 6 2014 15:05

We have cousins who managed to escape to Shanghai and from there, eventually made their way to America. There were a total of 13,732 Jews who found a safehaven in Shanghai. To learn more, copy and paste the following link:

http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/shanghai-museum-unveils-memorial-to-jews-who-found-haven-in-city/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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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:

http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=db9190cf3354f272fa9c7a934&id=ed491cd277

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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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