2017 New Series of Posts Holocaust Museum Post 4 Part I

The Importance of Another Adolf Spurgat in Essen

 Summer 2014

At the Foundation of Eastern European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) conference in August 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah, I had the honor of an hour long one-to-one meeting with Dr. Diane Afoumado, Chief of the ITS Research Branch, to discuss the possibility of searching for the Spurgat name in their many databases.


A brief analysis of the holdings of the ITS suggests that at the time of WWII most of the people named Spurgat from the former Suwalki Province may have ended up in Soviet camps. If so, the International Tracing Service will not be able to supply any information about them. However, there were multiple entries for the Spurgat name from Wylkowiszki and the nearby area.

Because Dr. Alfoumado and the author started at the beginning of the alphabet with first names, one matching Spurgat data card was especially surprising. It read: Adolf Spurgat, born in Wilkowischen, Lithuania, son of Johann Spurgat! This Adolf Spurgat was born 1894 and died in 1944 in Essen, Germany. The location was also surprising! Eventually, the author was able to connect this Johann Spurgat and Adolf Spurgat with the Johann and Adolph Spurgat family.



Death Record of Adolf Spurgat from the International Tracing Service

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 Summer 2015

In August 2015 in Salt Lake at the FEEFHS conference Dr. Diane Afoumado had Ina Nanazelskis, Program Coordinator, Oral History, interview me about how one Spurgat record Dr. Afoumado had given me in August 2014 led to research I never expected to do. Basically, I was able to tie Adolf Spurgat who died in Essen in 1944 to my Spurgat family. From Benjamin Hutop’s research with the city of Essen Archives I learned there were more Spurgats in Essen than anyone ever knew: Adolph’s older brother Johann, wife Maria, son Adolf born in Russia, and four more children born in Essen at the same time the Adolf Spurgat family was there.

This singular record also led me to https://suwalkigermans.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/research-2012-2015-essen-archives-part-iv/


About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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