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Elizabeth Strauss (1910 - 2003)
Gunther Plaut Jonathan Victor Plaut Harry Abraham Strauss Therese Abraham Victor Abraham Emma Dreyfoos Samuel Dreyfus Dryke (Therese) Pappenheimer
Elizabeth Strauss
b. 12 Oct 1910 at New York City, NY, USA
m. 10 Nov 1938 Gunther Plaut (1912 - 2012) at Cincinnati, OH, USA
d. 13 Sep 2003 aged 92
Events in Elizabeth Strauss (1910 - 2003)'s life
Date Age Event Place Src
12 Oct 1910 Elizabeth Strauss was born New York City, NY, USA
13 Sep 2003 92 Elizabeth Strauss died
Personal Notes:
When her father died of typhoid fever her mother relocated the family to Cincinnati to live with her parents.
Elizabeth attended the University of Cincinnati where she majored in zoology. While continuing to study for her teacher's certificate she met her future husband, a recent immigrant from Germany, who was studying at the Hebrew Union College.
In September 1939 Gunther Plaut became assistant rabbi of the Washington Boulevard Temple in Chicago. There Elizabeth started a Judaica shop. The family moved several times due to Gunther's various assignments as a chaplain in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning to Chicago they moved to St. Paul, Minnesota when he became rabbi at the Mount Zion Hebrew Congregation. They remained there for thirteen years. In 1952 Elizabeth created "Holiplay" a children's game about the Jewish holidays. Finally the family made its last relocation when Gunther became rabbi for the Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, Ontario.
During the early 1970's Elizabeth became involved in documenting the genealogy of the Strauss, Plaut, and related families. Over the following three decades she accumulated numerous family trees and voluminous research on the family history, collecting information from family members as well as print sources and archival records.
This work culminated in the publication of articles in genealogical periodicals such as Search and Toledot as well as in three books:
- 1996 Guggenheim/Wormser Family: a Genealogical 300-Year Memoir;
- 2000 Gumprichs of M√ľnster/Westphalia: a Tale of Four Continents;
- 2007 Plaut Family: Tracing the Legacy (with Jonathan V. Plaut as editor and an introduction and additional research by Karen S. Franklin).