The Family of Josef Seeberger

The businessman Josef Seeberger was born on November 30th, 1866 in Gunzenhausen. His parents were Samuel Seeberger and his wife Jeanette, geb. Oberdorfer.

In 1896 he married Emma Kahn, * 13.09.1872 in Würzburg. She was the daughter of the businessman Leopold Kahn and his wife Ernestine, b. Mohrenwitz.

Around 1900 the young family had built the house at Burgstallstraße 9
They had three children.

Ernestina *03.06.1899 in Gunzenhausen  
Leopold *15.11.1900 in Gunzenhausen + 28.09.1922 in Würzburg
Max *12.07.1903 in Gunzenhausen + 15.11.1903

On 10.01.1926 Josef Seeberger was elected to the management committee of the Jewish Congregation.  He used his house in the Burgstallstrasse to trade in carpentry products and sheet glass, later including paints.  Their son Leopold studied music in Würzburg, where he died at only 22 years old.  As their son Max had also died young, it was the daughter Ernestina who inherited the business. On 28.04.1921 she married the business man Michael Rieder, born 31.10.1893 in Mannheim.  The couple had four children

Judith *29.05.1922 in Gunzenhausen.
She married Jakob Oppenheimer and lived in Kfar Haroe, Israel. She died in Jerusalem in 2002.

Hannah *22.09.1923 in Gunzenhausen.
She married Abraham Hans Levy. She died 19.12.1985 in Israel

Susanna *24.07.1925 in Gunzenhausen.
She married Bruno Levi

Leopold *18.04.1928 in Gunzenhausen.
His wife's name was Rachel.


The Rieder family emigrated to Palestine on 17.08.1937.  Their grandmother Emma Seeberger had already died on 30.12.1934 in Gunzenhausen.  The house was expropriated in 1938, probably after the Reichskristallnacht, and it became the property of the municipality. Josef Seeberger nevertheless stayed in Gunzenhausen until 24.1.1939.  His whole family, his daughters and his brother Rudolph with his children were already living in Palestine. He was one of the last Jewish citizens to leave Gunzenhausen, moving to Munich where he died on 19th July of the same year.

The descendants of Michael and Ernestine Rieder are still living in Israel. We received information from Nick Landau in London and from Hannah Cherlow, née Rothschild, in Israel.

Nick Landau wrote .
"I will look at the family-tree when I have time regarding the Rieder family. My cousin in Australia, who created the family-tree, might be able to help you make touch there."

Hannah Cherlow wrote :
"Of the pictures you showed, I can identify the following: No 8 - Hannah Seeberger, No 16 - Susanne Rieder, No 15 - Leo Rieder, No 29 - Hannah Rieder, who died a few years ago. All the rest live in Israel."


Susanna Levi, b. Rieder, lives in Israel today and is very interested in documenting her family history. In August 2020 she sent us a current picture of herself for the first time, which she shows on her 95th birthday. And a picture from before, on which she can be seen with her two sisters, was probably taken in Gunzenhausen. She wrote below: Susi, Judith, Hannah Rieder.


Merav Levy from Jerusalem came to Gunzenhausen in summer 2013. She is a granddaughter of the Seebergers, Hannah Levy's daughter, and the first family member whom we have met. As her job is to organize the exchange of youth groups between Israel and Germany, perhaps some of us might visit Israel in the future.