EWZ Post 8: Spurgat Records

The search with the professional researcher at NARA II was so successful that I decided to ask him to find the EWZ records of all the Spurgats I knew of in Lithuania or East Prussia. I used my list of names from the ITS research at the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum. I asked the researcher to find the case numbers of all the Spurgats in this list so that I could find the Stamblätter records at the FHL. I sent him a number of names, most of these were from the families of August and Ludwig Spurgat that I already knew about, August from contact with a great grandson in Schwig-Holstein and Ludwig through records from the Lithuanian State Historical Archives, but I also included other Spurgat names I had found in the ITS records. All should be there, but were they?
Records for 8 Spurgats were found in EWZ 53, Antrage, the naturalization applications and in EWZ 56, the racial assessment of Germans.
The case numbers for the now familiar EWZ 57 and EWZ 58 were also sent so I could copy those records at FHL.
Summary of One Spurgat Family and Selected Findings
THE FAMILY OF AUGUST SPURGAT
AUGUST SPURGAT
NARA II EWZ 53 included the now familiar single Stamblätter page of three generations plus the 4 page Einburgerungantrag, the Naturalization application.
NARA II EWZ 56 contained the two-page racial assessment included August’s photograph.
This was the first photograph I had ever seen of my grandfather’s younger half-brother and the information on the first page was consistent with what I already knew from my research and his great grandson in Schleswig-Holstein. In April 1941 August Spurgat was assigned to Lager Matzkau near Danzig.
August listed his parents as Johann and Karoline geb. Raudonat. He did not know the birth date of his father or his mother, but reported that Johann died in Wirballen and Karoline in Wilkowischke. This was the first death information about Johann Spurgat in 23 years of research!
Author’s Note: On the 1892 marriage record of Johann Wilhelm Spurgat, older half-brother of August Spurgat, the residence of Johann Spurgat was listed as Mackabudzie, east of Wylkowiszki.
FHL EWZ 57 I found the expected four-page Einwanderer with the health summary chart and photograph on the second page. On the only page where siblings are listed August’s children are Berta, Karl, Oskar, and one more undecipherable. In 2009 Gunter Spurgat had listed August’s children as Berta, Emma, Oskar, and Karl.
FHL EWZ 58 Stamblätter record with his photograph on the second page was the same first page as EWZ 53, but this one included his signature and different processing information.
WALDEMAR SPURGAT (Son of Berta Spurgat) was listed as a grandson on August’s Stamblätter sheet. He was born August 15, 1927, the son of Berta Spurgat. He was also processed as a separate individual.
NARA II EWZ 53 A single page is part of the naturalization applications.
NARA II EWZ 56 contained the two-page racial assessment but with no photograph.
Author’s Note: According to a story from Gunter Spurgat in Schleswig-Holstein, Waldemar’s mother Berta and her young son Oskar “got lost one day in 1941.” They were never heard from again. There are no EWZ records with their names.
It seems apparent that August and Anna became the guardians for their grandson.
ANNA SPURGAT
In 2009 Gunter Spurgat had told me that Anna Spurgat died in 1944 and was buried in Wirballen.
FHL EWZ 58 The same card, a single page, for Anna is not dated but filed immediately after August’s as families were usually processed together. Her health summary card is left blank and there is no photograph. (August’s EWZ 57 immigrant card records a date of April 30, 1941.)
No other information was available about Anna geb. Raudonat Spurgat in any of the other EWZ files.
The other five Spurgat records provided similar information and so are not included here with one exception.
KARL SPURGAT (Son of August Spurgat)
NARA II EWZ 53 included the now familiar single Stamblätter page of three generations plus the 6 page Einburgerungantrag, the Naturalization application. It appears as if this application was approved.
According to Gunter Spurgat they were resettled in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg after WWII.
One typed sheet titled Gesundheitestelle (Health Care Center) revealed the following as the result of using Google Translate: Der Gesamteindruck der Familie in gesundheitlicher Hinsicht ist schlecht. Die Ehefrau des Umsiedlers ist susserdem geistig minderwertig, an der Grenze des Schwachsinns, Aus diesen Grunden wird die Familie fur den Osten als ungeeignet gehalten.
The overall impression of the family in terms of health is bad. The wife of the resettler is, on the other hand, mentally inferior, at the border of the swine, for these reasons the family is considered unsuitable for the East.

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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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