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Jacob Klaber

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Sinzenich, Zülpich, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death: Died in Nettetal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Place of Burial: Nettetal - Breyell, NRW, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Hermann Klaber and Frederica Klaber
Husband of Bernhardina "Babette" Klaber (Lichtenfeld)
Father of Hermann Klaber; Fritz Klaber; Felix Klaber and Max Klaber
Brother of Henriette (Settchen) Jetta Nathan; Salomon Klaber; Fanny Sommer; Clara Wolff and NN Klaber

Occupation: Cattle Dealer
Managed by: Jack Marcel Klaber
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About Jacob Klaber

Jacob was born in the small town of Zuelpich, NRW, Germany. Since approx. 1725 Klabers have been citizens of Zuelpich. Jacob came to the area of today's Nettetal because his mother was a daughter of Salomon Zanders from Bracht, a village 4 km. from Breyell. In 1901 Jacob married Bernhardine Lichtenfeld from a small town in the South of Germany, near Wuerzberg and bought in Breyell a piece of land on which he build a house and started his business of agricultural products and cattle trade.

Before 1900 there were not enough Jews in Breyell to necessitate the building of a Synagogue and organizing a local Jewish community and thus, the community used the synagogue in neighboring Kaldenkirchen, but walking every Shabbat the 8 kilometers to the synagogue and after services back to Breyell was becoming a heavy burden for the growing in numbers Jewish community of Breyell.

Jacob was one of the initiators and founders of the Jewish community of Breyell. He put at the disposal of the community a piece of land for building a synagogue on it. On October .... 1911 the synagogue was inaugurated festively and many non-Jewish local authorities came to pay respect.

Jacob functioned as Cantor at the synagogue until he died suddenly at a rather young age of 58 in 1931. Because he was the first local Jewish citizen who died here, the town council decided to reserve an adequate sized part of the communal burial grounds for their Jewish citizens. Jacobs grave lied desolated in this rather large part of the cemetery of Breyell until 1989. The town council needed urgently burial grounds and it was obvious that no further Jews would be buried here, so the grave of Jacob was fenced in by a small, low hedge and since then new non-Jewish graves have been installed next to it.

During the Shoah, Jacob's gravestone was taken to an farm to be used as lid for a cesspit. This was known to several people in the area. Fritz, his son, who came back after the war from his hiding place in Holland, located the stone and returned it to its original location.

During the installation of the Stolperstones for Jacob's wife Babette and his grandson and daughter-in-law November 2010, an article in the local newspaper surfaced telling the story of a local 'hero', the communal undertaker, who undertook the most dangerous task of hiding the gravestone during the Nazi regime and returning it afterwards. Except his story, no further sources can substantiate this. The usage of the stone as cesspit lid however has been verified by several sources.

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Jacob Klaber's Timeline

August 18, 1872
Zülpich, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
October 12, 1902
Age 30
Nettetal, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
November 6, 1904
Age 32
Nettetal, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
March 28, 1908
Age 35
Nettetal, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
January 30, 1917
Age 44
Breyell - Nettetal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
June 24, 1931
Age 58
Nettetal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
June 25, 1931
Age 58
Nettetal - Breyell, NRW, Germany