Kristallnacht: Before, During, and Especially After

By Rick Landman on Email

For decades, my father would give me a minute by minute accounting of the day the Gestapo woke him from his bed in Augsburg on November 10, 1938 until he fell asleep on the floor in Dachau at midnight.  Every year I also say Kaddish for Leopold Rieser, the attorney, …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

LGBT German Group Launches In New York City

By Rick Landman on Email

Taking an inspiration from Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who using today’s terminology was a gay German (actually he was a Prussian who loved men, according to Benjamin Franklin), a social group for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Germans is now launching in New York City.  The new group is called …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

Is It Too Soon For a Jewish Contingent in the Steuben Parade?

By Rick Landman on Email

For the 4th time, there was a Jewish Contingent walking in the Steuben Parade to commemorate German Jewish Contributions to America.  When I had the idea, I wondered if this mere act could be considered insensitive for some Jews.  I remember my own mixed emotions the first time I walked …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

The German Borsht Belt and the Atomic Bomb

By Rick Landman on Email

Most New Yorkers have heard about the Jewish Borsht Belt in the Catskills on Route 17 during the 20th Century.  But very few people know that there was a German enclave in the Catskills on Route 28, where German hotel owners catered to a mostly German Jewish refugee clientele from …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

Obtaining Dual German-American Citizenship As A German Jew

By Rick Landman on Email

Like other Baby Boomers, I grew up hating Germans from watching black & white war movies and hearing about the Nazi atrocities.  However, I was the child of two German Holocaust Survivors, with parts of my family living in Germany since the 1500’s.  I heard beautiful stories of Jewish life …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

Jewish Steuben Parade Contingent Seeks Your Help

By Rick Landman on Email

Are you, or do you know anyone of German Jewish Descent, or any Dual German-American Jews?  For the fourth year, there will be a Jewish Contingent marching in the New York Steuben German-American Friendship Parade (September 21, 2013) commemorating German Jewish contributions to America.  Most people do not know how …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

NYC’s Holocaust Memorial Park Now Inclusive to Other Victims of the Nazi Era

By Rick Landman on Email

America now has public stone memorial markers remembering the lives of the Other Victims of the Nazi Era and is now telling their stories.   In the early 1990’s, New York City created the Holocaust Memorial Park in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, with well  over 100 stone markers to memorialize the …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

One Family’s Pre-War German Hagadah Still In Use Today

By Rick Landman on Email

After my 18 year old father was released from Dachau, he packed his family’s set of Passover “Hagadahs” and sent them to his father in New York City in 1939, and then used his Temporary Transit Visa to get to London.  He then joined his father in NYC in November …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

A Tribute to Holocaust Survivors and World War II Veterans

By Rick Landman on Email

This month the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum held a conference to be a Tribute to Holocaust Survivors and World War II Veterans.   I went because my father was both; an inmate of Dachau after Kristallnacht and with the U.S. Army when they liberated the town of Dachau. As a …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

From Washington Heights to Munich

By Rick Landman on Email

In my last installment, you learned how the Torah that my mother’s father brought to America was given to the Liberal Congregation Beth Shalom in Munich.  From 1946 until the early 1960’s, that Torah was housed in Congregation Beth Hillel in Washington Heights, NY.  This was a congregation of Jews …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]