In August 2016 Peter Beschorner Rubinstein held the Association of Jewish Refugees and other synagogue members captive with his profound and moving presentation on the history of his family, and in particular of his father. To read the story of Peter’s father Hans click here.
This August (2017) the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) were again delighted to welcome Peter Beschorner Rubinstein and his family to their luncheon, a follow up to continue the fascinating story of Peter’s family. Last August Peter told us of his father’s history (see above). This year he gave us a moving account of how he discovered in 2008 that he had an older brother, Klaus, living in Germany.
This was a case of serendipity. Peter, a Jazz musician was was on holiday in Ireland and had the opportunity to play one song, he chose to perform the classic, ‘St. James’ Infirmary’. At the end he was approached by a German couple who were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and by chance Peter had played the same tune they’d heard many years earlier when they became engaged. They got talking and Peter asked whether they had any knowledge of how to trace a German relative and were advised to contact “The International Tracing Service” in Switzerland. When he contacted the tracing agency it turned out that his brother had also been looking for him some seven or so years earlier! The brothers’ were both contacted by staff at the archives and arranged to meet at the Berlin airport, the occasion was reported in a BBC World Service Programme “Two Brother’s meet in Berlin”.
First meeting, Peter Beschorner (left) with his brother Klaus Mueller at Berlin Airport.
The brother’s father Hans Beschorner, at the age of 22 had an affair with Alfreda Wensel the daughter of the local Mayor. She fell pregnant but the relationship was forbidden and Alfeda brought up the child, Klaur as a single-parent until she later married Ernest Meuller. Ernest had the foresight to get a new birth certificate for the two year old Klaus, recording himself as the father. This change probably saved Klaus’s life. Klaus only found out about his Jewish father on his 18th birthday.
At the end of his talk Peter performed ‘St. James’ Infirmary’, singing beautifully for us. Thank you Peter for this moving account and we are delighted that you are now in regular contact with your brother and his family.
The picture below shows Peter with his family who attended his talk – (left to right) Antonella, Vicky, Cai (his grandson), Peter and his wife Susan.