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Michael Seadle
Digital Services and Copyright Librarian, MSU Libraries

Michael Seadle's grandmother, Maria Sara Wollenberg (center), her sister Fanny and brother Julius grew up in Berlin only vaguely conscious of being Jewish.

Photos and information courtesy of Michael Seadle.

Peter Seidel's family
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"Marie" the actress, changed her name (French names were much more fashionable). The reviews from her performance as a maid in Gerhard Hauptmann's Die Ratten in the early 1930s provide evidence that the Nazis destroyed her acting career.

Marie escaped to England on the first ship before the war began and worked as a maid in Oxford; after the Blitz she moved to London and established a stocking repair shop.

Image of Maria Wollenberg in 1914
  Maria Wollenberg in 1914
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Image of Maria Wollenberg in costume  
Maria Wollenberg in costume  
Maria (Wollenberg) and Peter Seidel, Michael Seadle's grandmother and father ca. 1925. Peter was of mixed German Jewish parentage. Image of Maria (Wollenberg) and Peter Seidel
  Maria (Wollenberg) and Peter Seidel
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Image of Peter Seidel as a student in Germay, ca 1930  
Peter Seidel as a student in Germay, ca 1930
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Seadle Peter Seidel in 1936. He went to several private schools to avoid Nazi harassment, but could not participate in all activities because he was non-Aryan. Image of Peter Seidel in Berlin, 1936
  Peter Seidel in Berlin, 1936
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Image of Scattergood Hostel

Seadle Peter Seidel left Germany in 1939, shortly after Kristallnacht, traveling first to Portugal and eventually to the United States to the Scattergood Hostel in Iowa. The American Friends (Quakers) Service Committee, provided this Middle West haven . . . "where there is less fear of [refugees] as competitors, less hostility against them as foreigners".

Peter later moved to Detroit, hoping to become an actor.

Scattergood Hostel
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Peter Seidel on leave in the United States, November 1943, had entered the medical corps to avoid "shooting at his half-brothers". Sergeant Peter Seidel ran a PX in England. There he was able to locate his mother. He was later sent to France to translate documents and then Germany, where he found his father.

Peter Seidel became a Professor of German at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania.


Image of Peter Seidel in 1943
  Peter Seidel in 1943
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Image of Peter Seidel in 1945  
Peter Seidel in 1945
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