Selma Sara Wittenberg (Landshut) (1878 - 1960)

‹ Back to Wittenberg surname

Is your surname Wittenberg?

Research the Wittenberg family

Selma Sara Wittenberg's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Birthplace: Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Nowe Miasto County, Warminsko-Mazurskie, Poland
Death: Died in Ramat Gan, Israel
Managed by: Michael Siegfried Wolfgang Paul Rosenberg
Last Updated:

About Selma Sara Wittenberg (Landshut)

After her husband died, Selma fled along with her brother Alfred and his wife Erna to Palestine on the shipwrecked "Struma". They saved from the Struma by Italian warships to Rhodes, Greece. Alfred died in Rhodes as a result of hunger in 1941, while the two sisters in law were interned to Ferramonti Internment Camp in Italy and later to Palestine (source:; Neumark - Westpreussen und die Familie Landshut, Landshut, Siegfried, The Struma contained several hundred Jewish refugees, shipped from Romania to Mandatory Palestine on 12.12.1941 and arrived to Istanbul on 15.12.1941, with an engine problem. On 23.02.1942, with her engine still inoperable and her refugee passengers aboard, Turkish authorities towed Struma from Istanbul through the Bosphorus out to the coast of Şile in North Istanbul. Within hours, a Soviet submarine torpedoed her, killing an estimated 781 refugees plus 10 crew. Only one person aboard survived (source: Wikipedia).

view all

Selma Sara Wittenberg's Timeline

April 1, 1878
Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Nowe Miasto County, Warminsko-Mazurskie, Poland
Age 21
Age 22
Dobre Miasto, olsztyński, Warminsko-Mazurskie, Poland
May 20, 1906
Age 28
Dobre Miasto, olsztyński, Warminsko-Mazurskie, Poland
June 27, 1960
Age 82
Ramat Gan, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel