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Our Bender Ancestors who served or were killed in the German Wars

Listed on this page are our direct Bender ancestors or their spouses who served or were killed in the many German wars who were born in Rettigheim or lived in a nearby village. It is not intended to list any of the many courageous ancestors that were born here in America that may have served or died in those same wars.

While our Bender history starts in 1580, this list of our German soldier ancestors or their spouses, dead, wounded or survivor starts over 200 years ago with the second partition of Poland and our Bender ancestors that joined Napoleon in his invasion of Russia.  The known Bender ancestors born in Rettigheim that served in the American Civil War are also listed.

Never have I heard of one family that has lost so many sons in war all from a very small German farming village by the name of Rettigheim or a nearby village. One of our Bender ancestor families alone lost four sons of their 16 total children in The Great War.

Most of our Bender family immigrants from Rettigheim ended up in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota but also in Canada and Mexico. Some went south to South America and some went east to Serbia and Hungary and some went north to Poland. Many of our ancestors listed here died in battle in little known places all over Europe.

Theresia Blaies, nee Bender, 1833--1898, was my great grandmother.

Mickel Blaies and Theresia Bender, photo taken c. 1896.

Other major American family's names, Blaies, Fries (the descendants of Adolph Fries and Anne Blaies), Gerl, Linenfelser, Voegele, Göbel and Bös, to name only a few.

The Population Density over time for the Village of Rettigheim [courtesy of Hubert Kamuf]
Year
# of Families
Village Population
Average size of family
1600
20
100
5
1658
20
78
3.9
1726
50
248
4.9
1802
85
368
4.3
1900
120
600
5
2000
500
2100
4.2

All individuals or their spouses listed below are related to us and almost all come from the very small Baden farming villages of Obergrombach, Rauenberg or Rettigheim 20 miles south of Heidelberg.

All this information in this site was made possible by the extraordinary work of Herbert Kamuf who is a native of Rettigheim and wrote the history of Rettigheim in two books, Rettigheim Familienbuch Vol I and Vol II and by Bernhard Strominski who did the Familienbuch for the villages of Mingolsheim, Rettigheim and Rauenberg/Rotenberg.  Judy Linenfelser translated Herbert's books to English. Judy's husband, Charles Linenfelser is my Bender-Blaies generation's 8th cousin.

Here are the totals for our Bender ancestors who served or were killed in the many wars, some in far off mysterious places in Russia and France that at the time a hard working German farmer might have had trouble pronouncing. The key here is to remember that they all came from the small village of Rettigheim or its neighboring villages.

Our Bender ancestors or their spouses that served in or died in the German
wars from the village of Rettigheim and neighboring villages
The German Wars Total Bender Ancestors or
spouses that served in the war
Uprising of German Knights 1522 - 1523

German peasants war 1524 - 1525

Turks lay siege to Vienna - 1529

Thirty Years War 1618 - 1648


Repulsion of the 2nd Turkish attack on Vienna 1683

Silesian Wars between Prussia & Austria 1740 - 1745

The Seven Years War, Prussia against Austria, Russia,
France and Sweeden 1756 - 1763

Prussia's rise to power, 1793 - 1807 & Partitions of Poland
1
Napoleon's Invasion of Russia 1812
12
Post Napoleon Era
1
German 1848 Revolution [starts in 1844]
6
American Civil War 1860 - 1865
6
Austro-Prussian War of 1866 1
Franco-Prussian War of 1870 3
The Great War 1914 - 1918 78
WW II 1939 - 1947 130
Total Bender ancestors 238

Some but not all of our Bender ancestors killed in The Great War  and  WW II are on the two plaques in the entrance hall of St Nickolas Catholic Church in Rettigheim. In the early years of our Bender family history the threat of invasion by the Turks was very real and lasted till well after 1683. Rettighem was not that far from Vienna which was where the Turks were stopped.

The boldface number before each individual is their ID number in the two main Bender family histories.

Below are all our main web sites for the four European family histories; Fries, Lucash, Blaies and Bender.

Fries family: http://mctiernan.com/frihis.htm
Lucash family: http://mctiernan.com/luchis1.htm
Blaies family: http://mctiernan.com/bhis1.htm
Bender family: http://mctiernan.com/benhis.htm

Many of our American relatives and ancestors also served in both World Wars. Due to the lack of complete documentation they are not listed on this page as the scope of this effort is to list only our German born Bender ancestors that served or were killed in the many German wars and how each relates to my Bender / Blaies generation.

Our Bender ancestors are listed under the specific war.

Uprising of German Knights 1522 - 1523, no Bender ancestors found as yet

German peasants war 1524 - 1525, no Bender ancestors found as yet

Turks lay siege to Vienna - 1529, no Bender ancestors found as yet

Thirty Years War 1618 - 1648, no Bender ancestors found as yet

Repulsion of the 2nd Turkish attack on Vienna 1683, no Bender ancestors found as yet

Silesian Wars between Prussia & Austria 1740 - 1745, no Bender ancestors found as yet

The Seven Years War, Prussia against Austria, Russia, France and Sweden 1756 - 1763, no Bender ancestors found as yet, actually the first world war but never called that.

Prussia's rise to power & the partitions of Poland.  1793 - 1807

1.4.7.2.2.4.  Andreas Menges, 1-14-1764-->1803, the fourth of five children of Simon Menges and Anna Maria Wachter born in Rauenberg and died sometime after 1803 in Südpreußen [South Prussia].  On 4-8-1793 in Rauenberg, Andreas Menges married Maria Eva Bergmaier, 12-6-1760-->1803, who was born in Rauenberg and died in Südpreußen.  Andreas was a soldier in the Army stationed in Südpreußen in 1787.  Südpreußen was a province of the State of Prussia existing from 1793 to 1807. It was established on the largest part of the areas acquired with the second division of Poland  Andreas Menges is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 6 generations removed. 

War against Revolutionary France 1792 - 1815; Napoleon's invasion of Russia, 1812 - 1813 http://mctiernan.com/russian_campaign_stat.jpg

1.1.1.3.2.7.5.2. Christophor Katzenberger, 6-14-1786--6-10-1835, the second of ten children of Maria Christina Ringer and Johann Katzenberger born and died in Rettigheim. Christophor was a master barrel maker (Küfermeister).  Christophor's brother, Johann Michael Katzenberger probably fell in the Napoleon's Russian campaign 1812/1813. Christophor Katzenberger participated likewise and returned. He received the active service honor in 1830 presented by the Badish [Baden] Grand Duke. Christophor Katzenberger is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 4 generations removed.

1.1.1.3.2.7.5.3. Johann Michael Katzenberger, 10-13-1788--c. 1812, the third of ten children of Maria Christina Ringer and Johann Katzenberger born in Rettigheim. Johann Michael Katzenberger probably fell in the Napoleon's Russian campaign 1812/1813; his brother Christoph participated likewise and returned where he received the active service honor in 1830 by the Badish [Baden] Grand Duke. Johann Michael Katzenberger is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 4 generations removed.

1.2.3.7.4.6.2.  Leonhard Drcher, 7-24-1799--10-15-1820, the second of five children of Anna Maria Bender and Gregor Drcher born in Östringen.  Leonhard Drcher was a German soldier in the Infantry Regiment of Steckborn and died in a military hospital in Karlsruhe, Baden most likely from wounds received in the past Napoleonic Wars. Leonhard Drcher is my Bender / Balies 5th cousin 5 generations removed.

1.1.2.2.12.5.5. Johann Wendelin Bender, 10-16-1799--12-29-1821, the fifth child of Franz Bender and Maria Catharina Kamuf who was born in Rettigheim, Baden. Johann never married and was a soldier GroBherzogl. most likely during the end of the Napoleonic Wars or soon thereafter. Johann Wendelin Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 2nd  cousin, 5 generations removed.

1.2.3.7.1.1. Maria Juliana Wagner, nee Bender, 8-24-1758--3-25-1834, the first of fourteen and only child of Johann Georg Bender by Maria Anna Bender. Maria Juliana was born and died in Rettigheim. Maria Juliana married Johann Wagner, 1-27-1756--12-16-1813, in Rettigheim on 3-1-1778. Johann Wagner was the son of Christoph Wagner and Maria Deschner. Johann was born and died in Rettigheim. The family book notes say that Maria Juliana's husband, Johann Wagner, 1756--1813, participated in Napoleon's Russian campaign in 1812 and was listed as "is fallen". He died in Rettigheim the following year so "is fallen" most likely meant that he was wounded and sent home to die. Maria Juliana Wagner, nee Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 3rd cousin, 5 generations removed.

1.1.1.3.3.3.3.  Johann Christoph Müller, 7-1-1758--8-15-1834, the third of ten children of Katharina Föerderer and Martin Müller born and died in Rettigheim.  On 5-25-1784 in Rettigheim, Johann Christoph Müller married  1.2.2.1.4.9. Maria Margarete Neff, 12-4-1758--12-8-1819, the ninth of nine children of Johann Neff and Anna Maria Rudolf born and died in Rettigheim.  Johann Christoph Müller was a farmer and lived at Malscher Str. 10 and later at Östringer Str. 6.  Johann Christoph and his brother Franz Georg participated in Napoleon's Russia campaign 1812/13 and received in 1830 the active service honor by the Badish Grand Duke. Johann Christoph Müller is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 5 generations removed.

1.1.2.1.3.9.2. Franz Georg Bender, 5-13-1792--7-26-1868, Franz Anton Bender and Veronica Jung's second child of 13, born and died in Rettigheim, Baden. Franz Georg Bender wife's name was Maria Theresia Schmidt, 9-8-1794--1-21-1861, born and died in Rettigheim and the daughter of Franz Schmitt and Maria Brückmann. They were married in Rettigheim on 4-15-1818. He was a master linen weaver and lived at Oestringer Str. 9/11. Franz was also a German soldier in 1818 in the Grossherzoglicehn Linien Infantry, Regiment Glockhorn. Franz Georg Bender most likely fought in the great Napoleonic wars that ended in 1815. Franz Georg Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 3rd cousin, 5 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.6. Maria Anna Antoni, nee Dumbeck, nee Friedrich, nee Werstein, 4-5-1794--9-20-1844, born in Rettigheim and died in Rotenberg. The fifth of seven children of Franz Kasper Werstein and Maria Anna Müller. Maria Anna Werstein married three times. Her first husband was Lutz Friedrich who was a NCO in Grossherz. Badish Regiment, Reichgraf von Hochberg. Lutz Friedrich died between 1816 and 1820, most likely in Napoleon's war against Russia.  Maria Ann Werstein is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 5 generations removed. 

1.1.4.3.3.5.2. Johann Thaddeus Wagner, 12-23-1786--1-3-1877, the second of four children of Johann Georg Wagner and Maria Catharina Bender born and died in Rettigheim. On 5-28-1811 in Rettigheim, Johannes Thaddeus Wagner married 1.1.2.1.6.1.3.1. Maria Juliana Metzger, 1-20-1791--7-14-1875, who was born and died in Rettigheim, the daughter of Johann Michael Metzger and Maria Anna Werstein. Johann Thaddäus Wagner participated in the Russian campaign of Napoleon 1812/13 and in 1830 received the field service award through the Grand Duke of Baden. Johannes Thaddeus Wagner is my Bender / Blaies generation's 2nd cousin, 5 generations removed.

1.2.3.7.1.1.5.  Josef Wagner, 5-20-1790--c. 1812, the fifth of six children of Maria Juliana Bender and Johann Wagner, born in Rettigheim and died in Russia.  Josef was a soldier in Napoleon's invasion of Russia and died during the campaign. Josef Wagner is my Bender / Blaies' 4th cousin 4 generations removed.

1.2.2.1.4.9.4. Georg Michael Müller, 10-5-1790--, the fourth of eleven children of Johann Christoph Müller and Maria Margarete Neff born in Rettigheim and died somewhere in Russia. Georg Michael Müller was killed in Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign. Georg Michael Müller is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 4 generations removed.

1.4.3.2.3.3.3. Matthias Eschbaumer, 3-21-1788--c. 1812, the third of six children of Maria Catharina Wittmayer and Johannes Adam Eschbaumer born in Rettigheim. He participated in Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign and died in that invasion.  Matthias Eschbaumer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 5  generations removed.

Georg Michael Reiss, 8-11-1791--, the fifth of nine children of Johann Michael Reiss and Katharina Schrod born in Rettigheim. Georg Michael Reiss participated in Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign and most likely died in that invasion. There is no blood relationship between Georg Michael Reiss and my Bender / Blaies generation.

Franz Josef Schmitt, 8-2-1790--, was the fourth of ten children of Franz Josef Schmitt and Maria Barbara Brückmann who was born in Rettigheim. Franz Josef Schmitt was killed in Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign. There is no blood relationship between Franz Josef Schmitt and my Bender / Blaies generation.

Franz Matthias Östringer, 2-20-1787--1812, the sixth of six children of Franz Östringer and Anna Maria Metzger born in Rettigheim. Franz Matthias Östringer was killed in Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign. There is no blood relationship between Franz Matthias Östringer and my Bender / Blaies generation.

A James McTernan of the Rockfield McTernans was in the British Naval squadron which protected St. Helena during -the residence there of Napoleon, and was present on the island at the death of that distinguished, but unfortunate monarch in 1821.  This line may be extinct and therefore not match any of the DNA tester in the MacTighernan DNA test.

Post Napoleon's Era

1.4.7.2.2.5.7.  Katharina Barbara Keller, nee Menges, 4-21-1808--, the seventh of eight children of Johann Philipp Menges and Maria Franziska Kunz born in Rauenberg.  On 10-22-1832 in Döggingen, Katharina Barbara Menges married Anton Keller, who was born in Döggingen.  In 1832, Anton Keller was a Gunner in the Großherzogl Artillery in the 3rd Company of the Karlsruhe Unit.  Katharina Barbara Menges is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 5 generations removed. 

NOT counted:  Johann Bender, 1803--,  born in Bruchal was a soldier in 1832 in the bei der Gerde zu Fuss [infantry].  Johann was a soldier between the great invasion of Russia by Napoleon in 1812 and the German revolution of 1848.  Johann married Juliana Funkert, 2-22-1805--, and had two children.  +1296 +337

10.1.  Eduard Bender, 12-8-1832--, born in Rauenberg.

10.2.  Johann Georg Bender, 1-27-1834--, born in Bruchsal.

German Revolution of 1848  [starting in 1844 ? ]

1.4.7.2.2.1.2.2. Brigitta Hammer, nee Laier, 10-12-1813--<1850, the second of six children of Eva Katharina Menges and Johann Philipp Laier born in Rauenberg and immigrated to Amerika dying in Madison Co, IL. On 8-17-1837 in Rauenberg, Brigitta Laier married Johann Wilhelm Hammer, 12-31-1795--c 1862, who was born in Mingolsheim and is buried in Highland, IL. Johann and Brigitta settled first in 1839 in Ohio and then between 1840 and 1842 moved to Illinois. Brigitta Laier and Johann Wilhelm Hammer had the following three children below.  Johann Wilhelm Hammer was previously married and had eleven children by his first marriage to Margaretha Ganther. The oldest son of these eleven children, Johann Adam Hammer, 1818--, matriculated in the medical faculty at the University of Heidelberg in 1837 and graduated in 1842.  He stayed in Baden and participated in the Revolution of 1848, became a wanted man and fled to the United States in 1848, where he settled in Saint Louis.  He was one of the first physicians to use ether for surgery and labor and was the first physician to diagnose an acute myocardial infarction in a living patient.  He established several medical training institutions in Missouri on the German model.  He returned to Germany after an amnestry.  In 1840, Johann Wilhelm Hammer's parents (Wilhelm Hinrich Hammer and Magdalena Ganther) and Johann Wilhelm's brothers, Johann Adam and Johann Michael, immigrated to Ohio.  The parents would have been in their 70's when they immigrated.  Johann Wilhelm Hammer is the spouse of Brigitta LOaier who is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 4 generations removed. 

1.4.7.2.2.3.2.4.  Daniel Greulich, 2-12-1822--10-14-1844, the fourth of eight children of Catharina Franziska Bergmaier and Jakob Greulich born in Rauenberg and died in Gottesau.  Daniel Greulich was a German soldier [Artileryman] in the Großherzogl, Badische Artileriebrigade who was killed in 1844. Most likely Daniel was killed in the battles leading up to the 1848 revolution.  Daniel Greulich is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 4 generations removed. 

1.2.3.4.8.6.2.3. Sebastian Werstein, 1-19-1829--6-15-1849, the third of six children of Franz Martin Werstein and Creszentia Reiss. Sebastian fell as a soldier with the meetings in Großsachen during the German revolution of 1848/49. Sebastian Werstein is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 3 generations removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.1.6. Josef Reiss, 6-17-1820--7-30-1849, the sixth of eleven children of Catharina Barbara Wittmeier and Johann Christoph Reiss born in Rettigheim and died in Heidelberg. Josef died as a soldier at the Akademischen Anstalt Heidelberg probably from an injury. He most likely was involved in the 1848 revolution in Germany. Josef Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 4 generations removed.

1.2.2.1.4.3.11.6. Andreas Schmitt, 12-31-1823-->1861, the sixth of eight children of Maria Cäzilia Neff and Peter Schmitt born in Rettigheim. Andreas was a soldier and user in the revolution of 1848/49, went then in 1861 to America. This revolution started in France and spread across Europe and was one of the major causes of emigration as it was for my four direct European families as they all immigrated to America between 1848 and 1856. Andreas Schmitt is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 3 generations removed.

1.1.2.3.7.1.4.6.  Laurentius Bender, 8-8-1808--, the sixth of eight children of Maria Juliana Zabler and Franciscus Antonius Bender born in Mingolsheim. Laurentius Bender was a korporal in the Dragoner-Regiment of Karlsruhe.  Note: as yet there is no blood relationship to our Bender / Blaies family line.

1.1.1.1.4.7.9.2. Johann Ambros Bender, 8-2-1799--11-25-1877, the second of ten children of Franz Anton Bender and Catharina Weitgenant born and died in Ostringen, Bruchsal, Baden.  Johann Ambros Bender's occupation was a soldier in the German army.  Johann Ambros Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 4 generations removed.

3.2.1.4.3.  Matthias Focke, 1-13-1796-->1839, son of Hieronymus Focke and Maria Volk born in Kronau, Bruchsal, Baden. Matthias Focke was a soldier in the German Army and married Maria Anna Heinsman, 6-8-1800--, the daughter of Maria Catharina Forder and Georg Michael Heinsman born in Kronau, Bruchsal, Baden. Maria Anna Heinsman is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 4 generations removed.  Matthias is not yet counted in the war totals


American Civil War, 1860 - 1865

1.2.2.1.4.3.8.10. Bonifactus Ignatz Koser, 5-15-1825--10-29-1904, the tenth of eleven children of Maria Regina Neff and Johannes Michael Koser born in Langenbrücken and died in Jefferson Co., WI.  Bonifactus Ignatz Koser married Bertha Haessler, 7-1830--11-12-1904, born in Baden, Germany and died in Jefferson Co., WI.  Bonifactus Ignatz Koser was a sargeant in the Union Army in the Civil War.  He was in the 29th Rgt., Wisconsin Infantry, Company D.  Sgt Koser was discharged at Shreveport, LA.   is my Blaies / Bender generation's 6th cousin, 4 generations removed.

1.1.2.1.6.2.5.4. Friedrich Linenfelser, 4-1-1821--10-27-1865, the fourth child of eight children of Margaretha Holzinger and Johann Friedrich Linenfelser born in Östringen and died in St. Louis, St. Louis Co., MO. Östringen is a beautiful village. On 10-2-1849 in St. Louis, St. Louis Co., MO, Friedrich Linenfelser married Mary Ann Ketterer, 1816--, whose maiden name was Baker or Becker. Mary Ann had been married previously and had seven children by her husband Kitterer and three children by Friedrich Linenfelser. Helmut Zondler translated from German: "1-4-1821, at 8 pm gave birth Margaretha born Holzinger, the wife of ...master linen weaver Friederich Linenfelser to a child of male sex... name Friderich. Wittnesses Anton Hoffmann the young, 32 years old and Jacob Linenfelser 38 years old."

From the St. Louis City Death Records-1850 to 1906; Co. Library RDSL 8, MO Archives C 10366; and SLGS Roll 307: "Fred Linenfelsen died 27 Oct 1865; born Baden; lived on Carondelet Ave, buried St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, St. Louis, MO." Friedrich ran a boarding house in the sourth part of St. Louis Co. Frederick entered in the Union Army as a private in the Civil War and came out as a private. He served with Co H-1st US Reserve Corps, MD Inf. Friedrich Linenfelser is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 4 generations removed.

1.1.3.3.1.14.1.1. Emilie Breitner, nee Heinzmann, 7-15-1829--4-3-1873, the first of six children of Johannes Martin Heinzmann and Maria Anna Hoffmann born in Üstringen and died in Riga, Lenawee Co., MI. On 2-4-1855 in Monroe, Monroe Co., MI at St. Michael's Catholic Church., Emilie Heinzmann married Peter Breitner, 1830--10-1-1887, who was born in Östringen and the son of Joseph Breitner and Maria Pfeiffer. Peter enlisted in the American Civil War on 8-15-1862 in Riga, Michigan. At the time of his enlistment, he was 33 years old and served with the Michigan Volunteers until his honorable discharge on 10-6-1864 from injuries. He died on 1-10-1887 from ingesting Paris Green. He served with Co. C-18th Infantry Regiment. Peter was born, est. 3-18-1827 (30) in Baden, Germany and emigrated to the US on 2-10-1854, arriving at New York harbor on the ship Mercury from La Harve, France. Peter married Louisa Kornmeier-Merx on 4-1-1875 in Riga, MI. He has gray eyes and brown hair."

Peter's medical report: Suffered shot wound through the right arm and side fracturing the third rib and injury to the arm muscle to the extent as to make the arm useless. (In his pension records it also mentions his deafness caused by his Civil War action). Emilie Breitner, nee Heinzmann is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 4 generations removed.

1.4.3.3.6.5.2.7. Valentin Bender, 2-10-1827--8-5-1886, the seventh of eight children of Maria Caecilia Bös and Matthäus Bender born in Rettigheim and died in Walldorf, Germany. As seen in the Familienbuch "Der Vater nimmt laut Grundbuch 1817 300 Gulden Geld auf. Sohn Valentin stirbt in Walldorf als "amerikanischer Invalid" u. Witwer, vielleicht war er Teilnehmer am Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg 1864." and roughly translated as "The father takes according to land register 1817 300 guldens cash up. Son Valentin dies in Walldorf as "American Invalid" and a widower, perhaps he was wounded in the American civil war 1864. Valentin Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 3 generations removed.

1.1.2.2.5.3.2.3.6. Wendelin Bender, 12-20-1834--3-22-1902, was the sixth child of Georg Franz Bender, 1801--1838, and Maria Elizabeth Bender, nee Herrmann, 1805--1870. Wendell emigrated to America c.1854. Wendelin married Elizabeth Wolff, 1838--3-28-1907, on 1-8-1867, in St. Louis County, Missouri. Elizabeth was born in Reibach, Germany. Wendell was 5'9", brown hair, blue eyes, with a light complexion. He was living in St. Louis in 1861, and listed his occupation as a farmer on the enlistment papers for the Union Army.

On October 16, 1861, Wendell enlisted in the Union Army in Battery "C", 2nd Regt', Missouri Light Artillery. He was 27 at the time. Company 'C" was stationed at Cape Girardeau, Mo. On 8-24-1863, Wendell was discharged as a Corporal.

Other legal papers have Wendel enlisting in a different Union Army unit at the same time. On January 9, 1865, Wendell enlisted in the 39th Regt', Missouri Volunteer Infantry. This was a six month tour of duty. He was discharged a Private on 5-17-1865, at Benton Barracks in St. Louis, Mo. Benton Barracks is now known as Fairgrounds Park in St. Louis. Benton Barracks was named after Missouri's Senator Benton, who was famous during America's westward expansion and funded the famous Lewis and Clark Exposition. Wendell may also have served in the 117th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. His time in the 117th is not verified by the member list. For his service time in the Union Army, Wendell received $ 8 per month as a pension. Wendelin Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's Great Grand Uncle.

1.1.2.2.5.3.2.3.5. Theresia Blaies, nee Bender, 4-1-1833--2-24-1898, was the fifth child of Georg Franz Bender, 1801--1838, and Maria Elizabeth Bender, nee Herrmann, 1805--1870. Theresia emigrated to America late in 1855 or early in 1856. Theresia Bender married Jean Michel Blaies, 1823--1902, on May 22, 1856, at The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Arnold, Mo. Theresia was 23 and Jean Michel Blaies was 34 years old at the time of the wedding. Jean Michel Blaies, most likely, emigrated when he was about 33 years old. In the Blaies history

Jean Michel Blaies, 1823--1902, is listed as -5.2.2.3.3.8.6. in the Blaies history. Jean Michel Blaies and his brother-in-law, 1.1.2.2.5.3.2.3.6. Wendel Bender, 1834--1902, served in the same Union Army unit during the Civil War. Jean Michel Blaies, 1823--1902, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on October 8, 1863, in Company H of the 80th Regiment of Enrolled Missouri Militia that was organized in Jefferson Co. Missouri. Michel was discharged in 1864 by Special Order 126. Special order 126 seems to be a discharge order due to the Union officer failing to take some type of oath and having it filed with the Missouri Adjutant General's Office. Michel may not have taken the oath or did take it but failed to have it filed on time. None the less, he and 60 other officers were relieved of their commands.

In May 1864, Michel enrolled from Carondelet in the 2nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia as a private. The active service began on Sept. 27, 1864 and ended on November 5, 1864. Michel was put on sick furlough. Michel Blaies, the husband of Theresia Bender is my generation's Great Grandfather.

Austro-Prussian War of 1866, 

33095  Joseph Straubert, 4-10-1834--, the only child of Anna Bedner and Matthais Straubert born in Ostringen, Bruchsal, Baden, Germany.  Joseph was a German soldier in an artillery regiment. Joseph Straubert is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 3 generations removed.

Franco-Prussian War of 1870

28681 Johann Christoph Bender, 10-22-1848--12-30-1870, born in Malsch and died in Mainz, Hessen, Germany.  Johann Christoph Bender was the second of three children of Bernhard Bender and Maria Theresia Bender. Johann Christoph Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 3 generations removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.2.3.2. Johann Thaddäus Wagner, 3-21-1847--9-30-1874, the second of five children of Maria Anna Neff and Georg Josef Wagner born and died in Rettigheim. On 1-11-1872 in Rettigheim, Johann Thaddäus Wagner married Justine Bergmeier, 11-9-1846--, who was born in Rauenberg, Baden. He was a Geraman soldier in 1870 and 1871 during the war with France and later was a farmer and lived at Rotenberger Str. 34., Johann may have been the largest man of the army of Baden. Johann Thaddäus Wagner is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 3 generations removed.

1.1.4.3.3.5.2.2.6.  Reinhard Reiss, 9-21-1846--4-27-1933, the sixth of nine children of Katharina Wagner and Anton Reiss born and died in Rettigheim. On 8-22-1872 in Rettigheim, Reinhard Reiss married 1.1.2.1.6.1.3.9.7.  Anna Juliana Kamuf, 1-7-1850--1-16-1923, the seventh of eight children of Johann Ulrich Kamuf and Maria Josefa Östringer born and died in Rettigheim.  Anna Juliana Kamuf died of the flu  Reinhart Reiss was a farmer and lived at Östringer Str. 10.  Reinhard was a participant in the French campaign in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/1871 and was with the so-called "Grossherzogdgetreuen".  Reinhard Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 3 generations removed.

-5.2.2.3.3.8.4.1. Jean Blaies, 11-23-1842--2-4-1871, Conrad Blaies and Anne Marie Bonnert's first child born in Hellimer but died in Paris. Jean was in the French Army in the war of 1870 against Germany. The records state that he was a soldier in the 4th Regiment de Zouaves. He died of Typhoid Fever in the military hospital of Grob Caillou in Paris at 29 years of age. Strange how in history class you do not pay much attention to the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 between Germany and France. It was the foundation for The Great War in 1914 and also began the industrial age. Jean Blaies is a 1st cousin, 2 generations removed to my generation that descends from Theresia Bender and Mickel Blaies. (from Blaies history) Jean Blaies is not included in the total for those Bender ancestors from Rettigheim who served in the wars.

The Great War, 1914 - 1918

The levels of our Bender ancestors or their spouses killed in The Great War most likely tracks that of Germany in general
1913
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919
1920
>1921
Total
1
9
16
12
14
21
0
1
4
78

A total of 32 men are listed on the below plaque from the entrance hall of the St Nickolas Catholic Church in Rettigheim as having been killed in The Great War. At this point in time, almost all of those were our Bender ancestors.  A total of 69 of our Bender ancestors fought in The Great War.

All of our Bender ancestors listed below were killed in The Great War but not all are on the plaque in St Nickolas Catholic Church displayed on the Rettigheim village church wall.

1.1.1.3.2.6.11.4.  Christian Förderer, 8-29-1817--3-29-1913, the fourth of eight children of Vinzens Förderer and  Maria Josefa Baumeiste born in Rettigheim and died in Pforzheim.  Christian is listed as a German soldier in the records and might have been killed during The Great War, but he would have been 95 years old at the time.  Christian Förderer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 4 generations removed.

1.4.6.1.5.1.8.8.1.6.  Franz Klee, 5-29-1891--8-9-1914, the sixth of ten children of Luise Wipfler and Josef Klee born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in The Great War.  In June of 1914, Germany declares war on neutral Belgium and invades in a right flanking move designed to defeat France quickly. This violates a treaty signed by Prussua respecting Belgian neutrality. As a result of this invasion, Britain declares war on Germany and Austria-Hungary. Canada follows suit and joins the war. U.S President Woodrow Wilson declares policy of American neutrality. The record states Franz Klee's place of death as Muhlhausen but also list it as Alsace [Elsaß].  Franz Klee may have been wounded in Alsace and then died in Muhlhausen. Franz Klee is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.10.9.12.  Hermann Josef Bender, 8-8-1893--8-21-1914, was the twelfth child of Michael Bender and the ninth with Ida Bender, born in Oestringen, Baden and died as a German soldier in France in The Great War.  Hermann Josef Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 3 generations removed.

1.1.4.3.3.5.2.2.6.4.  Johann Augustin Reiss, 5-29-1884--8-22-1914, the fourth of four children of Reinhard Reiss and Anna Juliana Kamuf born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in Donon/Schirmeck, Alsace, France during The Great War.  On 6-8-1911 in Rettigheim, Johann Augustin Reiss married 1.1.2.1.6.1.3.5.17.1.  Elisabeth Metzger, 6-23-1889--6-9-1969, who was born and died in Rettigheim. Johann Augustin was a farmer and lived at Rotenberger Str. 20.  Johann Augustin Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.7.2.3.9.9.5.9.  Karl Friedrich Menges, 5-14-1883--8-22-1914, the ninth of thirteen children of Friedrich Menges and Elisabeth Knab born in Rauenberg and died unmarried as a soldier in the German Army in Raon sur Plaine, Alsace, France. Karl Friedrich Menges is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 3  generations removed. 

1.2.2.1.4.3.12.1.2.5. Ignaz Wittmeier, 5-1-1892--8-24-1914, the fifth of five children of Jakob Wittmeier and Sophia Kamuf born in Rettigheim. Ignaz was a soldier in the German Army in The Great War and was killed in Lothringen which is Lorraine as in Alcace-Lorraine, France or Germany depending on the year. The former Duchy of Lothringen (Lorraine) became a French province in 1766. Later the German-speaking area of Lorraine became part of Elsass-Lothringen. In the First World War 1914-1918 Lorraine was the main theater of war.  Ignaz Wittmeier is my Bender / Blaies generations 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.1.3.5.5. Jakob Kamuf, 5-6-1884--8-26-1914, the fifth of ten children of Johann Kamuf and Maria Josefa Göbel born in Rettigheim. On 7-8-1911 in Rettigheim, Jakob Kamuf married 1.1.1.1.4.1.5.3.3.3.4.  Ottilie Kamuf, 11-26-1885--7-18-1936, the fourth of four children of Josefine Wittmeier and Sebastian Kamuf born and died in Rettigheim.  Jakob was a factory leader and lived at Mascher Str. 29. He died at Ban de Sapt/Lothr. [Lorraine]  as a German soldier in The Great War.  The French War Office has announced [7-25-1914] that they have captured some very powerful German defensive organizations in the Ban-de-Sapt region of the Vosges Mountains.  More than 800 prisoners and 6 machine guns were taken.  Jakob Kamuf is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed. Jakob Kamuf's name is on on the plaque in St Nickolas Catholic Church displayed on the Rettigheim village church wall. 

1.2.3.7.1.6.2.2.1.9. Adam Dumm, 10-7-1889--9-25-1914, the ninth of sixteen children of Franz Martin Dumm and Maria Sauer born in Rettigheim. Adam Dumm like his three brothers was a soldier in the German Army in The Great War and was killed in France. Adam was a shoemaker and never married. Adam Dumm is with those names of the village displayed on the Rettigheim village church wall.   Adam Dumm is my generations 6th cousin, 1 generation removed. 

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.4.2.4. Josef Kleinlagel, 5-17-1895--10-10-1914, born in Rettigheim but died in Sarrburg, Germany in The Great War. The fourth of five children of Eduard Kleinlagel and Karoline Werstein. Josef lived in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Josef Kleinlagel's name is on the plaque in St Nickolas Catholic Church displayed on the Rettigheim village church wall.   Josef Kleinlagel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generations removed.

1.1.1.1.4.7.2.3.1.6.1. Otto Kimmling, 6-1884--12-20-1914,  the only child of Anton Kimmling and Anna Bender died in battle as a German soldier on the Western Front. Otto Kimmling is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generations removed.

1.1.1.3.2.6.4.2.2.6.10.  Josef Heinzmann, 7-20-1894--1-14-1915, the tenth child of Martin Heinzmann and Maria Carolina Hillenbrand born in Kronau, Bruchsal, Baden, Germany and died as a German soldier in The Great War in Avion Sur Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France. Josef Heinzmann is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generations removed.

1.4.7.2.2.3.4.2.2.6.  Nikolaus Kurz, 10-3-1890--1-25-1915, the sixth of eleven children of Friedrich Kurz and Elisabeth Knörr born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in The Great War at Auchy-les-la-Bassée, France.  Marshall Joffre's plan was brutally simple. The strong German positions would be crushed by 4 days continuous bombardment, with a 4-hour final crescendo before the infantry attacked. The latter would be arrayed in great depth, each Division placing no more than half of two Brigades in the first line. A constant flow of men would follow, as would the reserves behind the assaulting Divisions. All other Armies from the coast to Switzerland would be ready to move forward as the enemy were destroyed in Artois.  The key features of the battlefield are: The Bethune to La Bassée road, running roughly parallel with the canal through the village of Cambrin and just to the north of the miners community of Auchy-les-la-Bassée, now called Auchy-les-Mines.  Nikolaus Kurz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.6.2.1.3.1. Johann Josef Kretz, 7-8-1886--5-2-1915, born in Rettigheim, Baden. The first child of Ida Werstein and Josef Kretz. Johann Josef died as a soldier in The Great War at Apremont Forest NW of Toul, France. The American Artillery and infantry lent assistance to the French in a raid today. [5-10-1915] Johann Josef Kretz never married.  Johann Josef Kretz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed. 

1.1.2.1.5.1.2.1.6.1.8.  Gottfried Laier, 11-30-1892--5-8-1915, the eighth of ten children of Franziska Wipfler and Johann Laier born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in The Great War in Pilkam, Belgium and as his brothers did became part of the mystique of The Great War, falling at the famous battleground of 2nd battle of Ypres.  Ypres a small flemish market town, just over the border from France, quite siminlar to many market towns in Blegium, that was until 1914 [the outbreak of the First World War].  The town of Ypres was the scean of some of the worst fighting of the war.  Ypres was described as being all the horrors of the Somme and the hell of Verdun.  The consequences were drastic with 500,000 dead in an aea of 25 square kilometers. Gottfried Laier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generations removed.

The Pilkem ridge lies to the north-east of Ypres; an area that was contested in 1914, 1915 and 1917. Goumier Farm blockhouse still stands, one of several large German constructions in this area. It was an objective of 153rd Brigade of 51st (Highland) Division on 31 July 1917, and fell to the 1/6th Black Watch. Despite being registered by every German gun, it proved to be a useful shelter and landmark for the tens of thousands of men who would pass this way as the line slogged its way up to Langemarck and beyond. This site has more information http://www.1914-1918.net/sacredground/ypres/pilkem.htm

1.1.2.1.5.1.2.1.6.1.7.  Bernhard Laier, 5-22-1891--5-9-1915, the seventh of ten children of Franziska Wipfler and Johann Laier born in Rauenberg and died at Loos, France as a German soldier in The Great War. Bernhard Laier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.6.1.5.1.8.8.1.1.   Franz Jakob Klee, 8-10-1882--5-11-1915, the first of ten children of Luise Wipfler and Josef Klee born in Rauenberg and died in The Great War in Frankreich [France] as a soldier in the German Army.  Before the War, Franz was a mason. On 5-5-1906 in Rauenberg, Franz Jakob Klee married Maria Baumann, 10-25-1885--5-10-1969, who was born in Odenheim and died in Rauenberg. On 5-9-1915 the second Battle of Artois begins. Franz Jakob Klee is my Bender / Blaies generations 8th cousin, 2 generations  removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.8.6.10.  Johann Laier V, 1-3-1878--5-12-1915, the tenth of thirteen children of Johann Laier and Balbina Stier born in Rauenberg.  Johann Laier died in Klewa, Poland as a German soldier during The Great War. Johann Laier married Sophia Schafer, 12-11-1878--4-1-1917, who was born and died in Rauenberg. Johann Laier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 3 generations removed. 

1.4.7.2.2.1.8.7.4.2.  Josef  Bergmaier, 4-23-1890--5-21-1915, the second of ten children of Sophia Zotz and Jakob Bergmaier born in Rauenberg.  Josef  Bergmaier was a soldier in the German Army in The Great War and died at Notre Dame de Loretto, Italy.  Some exerts from German Army diaries from that area at the time: In the morning of May 11 we were strafed by terrible artillery fire. At 4 o'clock PM the French stormed again. I can't understand how we repelled them, but after a savage fight we still stood among heaps of bodies. 9 out of 10 of us were killed, the rest wounded. Two hours later another storm - and we could not resist. The enemy rolled on up to the eastern slope where we survivors dug in. At dawn dusk of 13 May 1915 - the black day at Loretto - an unprecedented artillery fire swept over our troops. All officers and most of the rank and file were killed by the time the French stormed in the evening. They were bloodily beaten back. The 8th Co. had fallen silent... The night on the Chapel hill was spent waiting for death. Josef  Bergmaier is my Bender / Blaies generations 8th cousin, 2 generations  removed. 

1.1.1.3.2.6.4.2.2.3.8.  Simon Heinzmann, 2-17-1884--5-27-1915, born in Kronau, Baden, Germany and died as a German soldier in The Great War at Lievin, Pas-de-Calais, France. Simon Heinzmann is my Bender / Blaies generations 8th cousin, 1 generations  removed

1.2.2.1.4.3.1.3.7.9. Johann Barth, 8-7-1894--6-12-1915, the ninth of nine children of Johannes Barth and the seventh by Juliana Werstein born in Rettigheim but died as a German soldier in France during The Great War. Johann Barth never married. Johann Barth is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.3.9.2.3.10.3.  Josef Wendelin Lädel, 11-21-1896--7-29-1915, the third of eight children of Valentin Lädel and Rosa Lechner born in Rauenberg but died as a German soldier in The Great War. Josef never married. Josef Wendelin Lädel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.2.2.5.12.4.5.4.1. Josef Reiss, 11-24-1895--8-12-1915, the first of ten children of Augustin Reiss and Ida Sieber born in Rettigheim and died in France as a German soldier in The Great War. Josef Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.1.4.4. Karl Johann Kleinlagel, 8-18-1895--9-19-1915, born in Rettigheim. The fourth of 13 children of Gregor Kleinlagel and Florentine Bender. He never married and was a buyer. Karl's place of death is unknown as he died as a German soldier in The Great War. Karl Johann Kleinlagel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.7.2.3.9.6.6.14.  Emil Greulich, 11-22-1885--10-17-1915, the fourteenth of fifteen children of Balbina Laier and Friedrich Greulich born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in The Great War.  Where Emil died is unknown. In Octoebr 1915 the Battles of Artois & Champagne ends. The Battle of Loos ends. Austro-German-Bulgarian forces invade Serbia, expelling the Serbian army from the country. Emil Greulich is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 3 generations removed.

1.4.6.1.5.1.8.7.3.1.  Friedrich Wilhelm Greulich, 5-15-1889--10-25-1915, the first of seven children of Daniel Greulich and Elisabeth Bellermann born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in The Great War in Epaye, France. Friedrich Wilhelm Greulich is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2  generations removed.

In 1916 the name Verdun will be burned into French and German military legends, whilst the USA comes ever closer to joining the war.

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5.1.8.8.1.7.  Anna Bertha Ritz, nee Spannagel, nee Klee, 8-30-1892--5-12-1959, the seventh of ten children of Luise Wipfler and Josef Klee born in Rauenberg and died in Heidelberg. On 10-20-1913 in Rauenberg, Anna Bertha Klee married Wendelin Spannagel, 1-24-1890--4-27-1916, who was born in Rauenberg but died as a German soldier in The Great War at Verdun. On 21 February 1916 the Germans attacked the French in great strength at Verdun and fighting continued on the BEF front as both sides sought local supremacy. Between November 1915 and June 1916, another nineteen Divisions (including those formations recently withdrawn from Gallipoli) joined the BEF [British Ex. Force] and the line was extended another 10 miles making the British-held front 85 miles long. This enabled the release of French Tenth Army to reinforce the very hard-pressed Verdun sector.  Anna Bertha Ritz, nee Spannagel, nee Klee is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2  generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.3.3.4. Friedrich Bender, 2-18-1890--5-7-1916, the fourth of seven children of Friedrich Bender and Cäzilia Müller born in Rettigheim but died as a German soldier in France in The Great War. On 5-20-1914 in Rettigheim, Friedrich Bender married Anna Hartlieb, 3-27-1892--, who was born in Östringen. He was a decoration painter. Friedrich Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.4.3.2.2.  Augustin Kamuf, 1-20-1892--5-18-1916, the second of ten children of Leander Kamuf and Katharina Bender born in Rettigheim.  Augustin Kamuf was a soldier in The Great War. Augustin Kamuf is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 2  generations removed

1.2.2.1.4.3.1.3.7.4. Valentin Barth, 9-23-1886--6-23-1916, the fourth of nine children of Johannes Barth and the second by Juliana Werstein born in Rettigheim but died in France as a German soldier during The Great War. Valentin Barth is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.8.7.2.1.  Emil Josef Zotz, 11-22-1894--7-1-1916, the first of five children of Johann Zotz and Frieda Bellemann born in Rauenberg but died in France as a German soldier during The Great War.  Emil died at the village of Fricourt which was part of  the famous battle of Somme, France.   Fricourt is around three miles due east of Albert, and was towards the southern part of front on which the British attacked on the 1st of July 1916. Emil Josef Zotz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2  generation removed. 

1.4.7.2.3.9.6.2.10.  Wilhelm Klefenz, 1-7-1879--7-2-1916, the tenth of ten children of Bertha Laier and Konrad Klefenz born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in The Great War in La Boiselle, France.  According to the Diary of the British 102nd Field Ambulance, July 1st 1916 was clear, bright and warm. Thus began the first day of the famous Battle of the Somme. At the end of the first day [7-1-1916], the British General Rawlinson was given a casualty figure of 16,000, but it was not until the 1920's that the full numbers were calculated. It would appear that 57,470 men, half the British attacking force, were killed, wounded or captured. 30,000 had been lost in the first hour. Kitchener's New Army, which had taken two years to create, was destroyed in twelve hours, 30,419 of the volunteers being casualties. On the other side, the Germans lost some 8,000 men, although this was to rise later.  Wilhelm Klefenz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 3 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.6.2.2.1.13. Vinzenz Dumm, 1-24-1895--7-7-1916, the 13th of sixteen children of Franz Martin Dumm and Maria Sauer born in Rettigheim. Vinzenz like his three brothers was a soldier in the German Army in The Great War and was killed in Russia. Vinzenz never married. He was a teacher in Helmsheim. Vinzenz Dumm is my generations 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.4.6.1.3.  Karl Anton Laier, 7-15-1884--7-7-1916, the third of four children of Juliana Reiss and Julius Laier born in Rotenberg, Baden, Germany. Karl Anton Laier died as a German soldier in The Great War.  Karl Anton Laier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4 th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.1.3.2.2.2.3.1.6.7.  Alois Bender, 7-1-1887--7-8-1916,  born in Malsch and died in Russia as a German soldier in The Great War.  Alois Bendder was the seventh child of Joseph Bender and Anna Eva Fuchs. Alois Bedner is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.8.6.13.  Heinrich Laier, 10-13-1882--8-10-1916, the thirteenth of thirteen children of Johann Laier and Balbina Stier born in Rauenberg and died in Vilna, [Vilnius] Lithuania as a German soldier during The Great War. Heinrich Laier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 3 generations removed.

1.1.2.1.5.5.2.2.1.9.  Ludwig Sieber, 5-29-1879--9-12-1916, the 9th child of Sebastian Sieber and Maria Eva Hermann, born in Rotenberg and died as a German soldier in The Great War.  On 9-27-1905 in Rotenberg, Ludwig Sieber married Magdalena Gruber, 9-10-1886--10-31-1953 who was born in Neibsheim and died in Rotenberg.  They had eight children.  Ludwig Sieber  is my Bender / Blaies generation's  6th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.1.3.2.2.4.1.2.2.2.2.  Augustin Bender, 4-26-1892--10-9-1916, born in Malsch, the second of four children of Alois Bender and Maria Malschner born in Malsch, Baden and died as a German soldier in The Great War.  Augustin Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's  9th cousin.  9999

1.2.3.7.1.6.2.2.1.14. Valentin Dumm, 3-6-1896--3-4-1917, the fourteenth of sixteen children of Franz Martin Dumm and Maria Sauer born in Rettigheim. Valentin was a farmer and never married.  Like his three brothers was a soldier in the German Army in The Great War and was killed in Verdum, France. Valentin Dumm is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.14.5.6.3.  Otto Dumm, 2-4-1886--3-6-1917, the third of eleven children of Ferdinand Dumm and Juliana Weik born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier at one of the more well known battles in The Great War at Verdun, France. At home, he was a cigar maker and never married. Otto was my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.3.9.4.5.4.1.  Karl Viktor Fischer, 4-7-1895--3-9-1917, the first of thirteen children of Anton Fischer and Barbara Reiser born in Rauenberg but where he died is unknown as he died a German soldier in The Great War. Karl Viktor Fischer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.1.1.4.7.2.3.3.6.  Jakob Bender, 5-21-1871--3-10-1917, the sixth of twelve children of Leopold Bender and Franziska Greulich born in Ostringen, Baden and died in Frankfort am Main, Hessen, Germany. Jakob may well have been killed in the Great Wa as he died in Frankfort am Main which is about 70 miles away from his village of Oestringen, Baden.  On 5-9-1897, in Oestringen, Baden, Jakob Bender married Pauline Burger, 10-12-1873--8-14-1844, born and died in Oestringen, Baden.  Jakob Bender and Pauline Burger had nine children.  Jakob Bender was my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.8.4.4. Stefan Bender, 9-6-1876--6-14-1917, the fourth of Rupert Bender's and Apollonia Förderer's five children born in Rettigheim but died as a German soldier in The Great War in Ailles, France. He was a farmer and lived at Malscher Str. 6. Stefan Bender married 1.2.3.4.8.6.2.1.1.4. Karoline Kretz on 9-27-1906 in Rettigheim. Karoline Kretz, 1-6-1878--6-8-1951, was born and died in Rettigheim. Her parents were Franz Kretz and Margarete Werstein. Stefan was buried in a "lug". Stefan Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed. 

1.1.2.1.5.1.2.1.6.1.3.  Karl Laier, 10-23-1885--6-16-1917, the third of ten children of Franziska Wipfler and Johann Laier born in Rauenberg and died in Moorslede, Flanders, Belgium as a German soldier in The Great War becoming part of  history as dying in the historically revered Flanders Fields.  On 11-11-1911 in Rot, Karl Laier married Margarethe Geider, 5-21-1887--5-6-1924, who was born in Rot and died in Rauenberg.  After Karl was killed in The Great War, Margarethe married his brother 1.1.2.1.5.1.2.1.6.1.6. Hermann Laier. Karl Laier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.14.5.4.7. Anton Dumm, 9-30-1897--8-9-1917, the seventh of eight children of Wilhelm Dumm and Maria Theresia Wagner born in Rettigheim and was a baker. Anton died as a German soldier in The Great War on the fields of France. He had been a baker. Anton Dumm is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.7.2.2.3.4.2.2.3.  Ludwig Kurz, 9-20-1886--9-12-1917, the third of eleven children of Friedrich Kurz and Elisabeth Knörr born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in The Great War at Poelcappelle, France. The battle of Poelcappelle was the fourth of a series of “bite and hold” battles launched by General Herbert Plumer during the third battle of Ypres. The first three such battles (Menin Road Ridge, Polygon Ridge and Broodseinde) had each achieved their objectives, biting chunks out of the German line and then defending those gains against any counterattacks. Each of the attacks had been supported by a well directed artillery bombardment that had isolated the part of the German front line as well as by a creeping barrage that had protected the advancing soldiers.

On 11-12-1910 in Rauenberg, Ludwig Kurz married 1.4.6.1.5.1.8.7.1.6.  Maria Elisabeth Kurz, nee Salomon, nee Greulich, 4-2-1886--3-19-1971, the sixth of ten children of Wendelin Greulich and Anna Eva Stier born and died in Rauenberg.  Maria Elisabeth Greulich had a total of seven children, three by Ludwig Kurz and four by Ferdinand Salomon.  Ludwig Kurz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.7.1.6.2.2.1.10. Martin Dumm, 12-17-1890--9-17-1917, the tenth of sixteen children of Franz Martin Dumm and Maria Sauer born in Rettigheim. Martin Dumm like his three brothers was a soldier in the German Army in The Great War and was killed in Mangiennes, Meuse, France. Martin never married and was a farmer. Martin Dumm is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.2.5.12.2.4.3.4. Ignaz Edmund Eschbaumer, 12-16-1895--10-19-1917, born in Rettigheim, Baden but died as a German soldier in The Great War in Laffaux, France. A German offensive began on May 27, 1918. British Forces participated in this Third Battle of the Aisne on the 27th May to 6th June 1918. During the Second Battle of the Marne, the last fight on the Chemin des Dames occurred between August 2 and October 10, 1918. The fourth child of Stefan Eschbaumer and Ida Kamuf. Ignaz Edmund never married and was a cigar maker. Ignaz Edmund Eschbaumer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.2.1.5.5.2.1.2.5.  Hermann Dumbeck, 10-11-1885--10-30-1917, born in Rotenberg, Baden but died in The Great War as a Army soldier.  The fifth child of Josef Dumbeck and Juliana Duffin never married.  Hermann Dumbeck is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 2 generations removed

1.4.7.2.3.9.5.2.4.  Rosa Becker, nee Menges, 2-15-1876--1-29-1950, the fourth of fourteen children of Joseph Menges and Karoline Roßrucker born and died in Rauenberg.   On 10-28-1900 in Rauenberg, Rosa Menges married Josef Becker, 7-1-1875--11-19-1917, born in Rauenberg but died as a German soldier in The Great War.  Josef's place of death is unknown. Rosa Becker, nee Menges is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 3 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.6.1.4.8.3. Josef August Reiss, 11-2-1896--12-31-1917, the third of eight children of Augustin Reiss and Sabine Hotz born in Rettigheim and died in Villers Guislain, France as a German soldier during Germany's invasion of France in The Great War. Villers-Guislain was occupied by Commonwealth forces from April 1917 until the German counter attacks (in the Battle of Cambrai) at the end of November 1917. It was lost on 30 November and retained by the Germans on 1 December in spite of the fierce attacks of the Guards Division and tanks. The village was finally abandoned by the Germans on 30 September 1918, after heavy fighting. Gauche Wood, to the west of the village, was taken by the Guards Division, Indian cavalry and tanks on 1 December 1917. It was obstinately defended by the South African Brigade on 21 March 1918 during the German spring offensive. Josef never married. Josef August Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.6.2.1.3.3. Franz Jakob Kretz, 7-27-1889--c. 1917, born in Rettigheim, Baden. The third child of Ida Werstein and Josef Kretz. Franz Jakob Kretz is listed on the Rettigheim plaque for those that died in The Great War. Franz Jakob Kretz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.1.3.2.11.6.6.3.2.  Anton Forderer, 6-20-1894--4-10-1918, the second of five children of Andreas Forderer and Babette Elisabeth Wagner born  in Malsch, Baden. Not yet confirmed but may have died as German soldier in The Great War.  Anton Forderer was my Blaies / Bender's 6th cousin, one generation removed. 

1.2.2.1.4.9.3.3.4.4. Wendelin Müller, 11-17-1898--4-11-1918, the fourth of seven children of Theodor Müller and Maria Heinzmann born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in Armentieres, France during The Great War.  LONDON, April 10.--In heavy fighting lasting all day the British troops have been forced back by a new German attack north of Armentieres to a line running through Wytschaete [five miles south of Ypres] along the Messines Ridge to Ploegsteert [about three miles north of Armentieres.]  Wendelin Müller never married. Wendelin Müller is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.8.7.4.5.  Viktor Bergmaier, 5-27-1895--4-19-1918, the fifth of ten children of Sophia Zotz and Jakob Bergmaier born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in The Great War in Saint Hilaire au Temple, France. On the 20 and October 21 [1918] to Holy Hilaire to the temple.  There it comes to an end the bloody and glorious epic of the famous battle, the MARNE. Saint Hilaire au Temple  is in the area called The Ardenne. Viktor Bergmaier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.2.6.3. Alfons Kleinlagel, 3-29-1898--4-26-1918, born in Rettigheim but died as a German soldier in The Great War in France. The third child of Friedrich Kleinlagel and Luise Schardel. Alfons was missing and then declared dead - he died as a soldier and was never married. Alfons Kleinlagel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin.

1.1.2.1.5.1.5.5.4.2.6.  Emil Simon, 4-23-1899--5-28-1918, the sixth of nine children of Sophia  Roßrucker and Josef Simon born in Rauenberg and died unmarried as a German soldier in The Great War in Courville, France.  Marfaux village was captured by the Germans in May 1918, and retaken, after severe fighting, on the 23rd July, by the 51st (Highland) and 62nd (West Riding) Divisions and the New Zealand Cyclist Battalion. The Marfaux  cemetery was begun after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields and from other Military Cemeteries in the Marne;  the majority are those of soldiers who fell in the months from May to August 1918. Courville Military Cemetery, in S. part of village: 22, May-June 1918 (and 250 French and 130 German). Emil Simon is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.1.3.2.6.4.2.2.3.2.  Karl Ludwig Machtel, 9-24-1877--5-28-1918, the husband of Rosa Heinzmann the first of sixteen children of Alois Heinzmann and Emma Kehrer born and died in Kronau, Bruchsal, Baden.  Larl Ludwin Machtel died as a German soldier in The Great War  in Fismes, Mame, France.  Rosa Heinzmann is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.1.3.2.6.4.2.2.3.2.  Karl Ludwig Machtel, 9-24-1877--5-28-1918, the spouse of Rosa Heinzmann who is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.  Karl died as a German soldier in the battle  fought at Fismes, Mame, France in The Great War.  

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.6.3.7. Franz Bender, 12-7-1899--6-1-1918, born in Rettigheim but died as a soldier in the German invasion of France at Verneux, France in The Great War. The seventh of eight children of Franz Bender and Ida Förderer. Franz never married and was a cigar maker. Franz Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.3.9.6.2.3.7.  Anton Stier, 1-19-1899--6-11-1918, the seventh of nine children of Balbina Stier and Ferdinand Stier born in Rauenberg but died as a German soldier in The Great War.  Where Anton died is unknown. Anton Stier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generation removed.

1.4.3.3.6.5.2.2.5.6.  Nicolas Fleckenstein, 8-9-1881--7-10-1918, born in Malsch, Baden and died as a German soldier at the battle of Montdidier, Somme, France and is buried at Vignemont, Oise, France.   Nicolas Fleckenstein is the 6th child of Johann Fleckenstein and M. Diebold.  Nicolas Fleckenstein is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.3.9.6.4.7.2.  Nikolaus  Klefenz, 1-14-1897--7-15-1918, the second of seven children of Bertha Laier and Jakon Klefenz born in Rauenebrg but died as a German soldier in The Great War at the famous battle of Chateau-Thiery. Chateau-Thierry formed the tip of the German advance towards Paris, some 50 miles south-west.  The battle ran from 6-26 June and by its end saw U.S. forces suffer 9,777 casualties, of which 1,811 were fatal.  The number of German casualties is not known, although some 1,600 troops were taken prisoner. Fiercely defended by the Germans, the wood was first taken by the Marines (and Third Infantry Brigade), then ceded back to the Germans - and again taken by the U.S. forces a total of six times before the Germans were finally expelled.  More critically, the combined Chateau-Thierry/Belleau Wood action brought to an end the last major German offensive of the war.  Nikolaus  Klefenz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.8.7.2.3.  Franz Xaver Zotz, 10-10-1898--7-26-1918, the third of five children of Johann Zotz and Frieda Bellemann born in Rauenberg but died as a German soldier in The Great War. Where Franz was killed is unknown. Franz Xaver Zotz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.4.3.2.5. Franz Hermann Kamuf, 4-5-1897--8-23-1918, the fifth of ten children of Katharina Bender and Leander Kamuf born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in The Great War in Esmery/Hallon, France which was on the south flank of the famous battlefield Somme. He was a cigar maker and never married.  Franz Hermann Kamuf is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin 2 generations removed. 

1.2.3.7.5.7.6.2.6. Karl Barth, 9-17-1896--9-17-1918, the sixth of Karl Barth's and Rosa Fellhauer's eight children born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in The Great War in France. Karl never married. Karl Barth is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.6.1.1.6.1.2.5.  Andreas Anton Seitz, 1-13-1894--9-24-1918, the fifth of five children of Andreas Seitz and Maria Karntel born in Mannheim and died as a German soldier in The Great War in France.  Andreas Anton Seitz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin 2 generations removed.

1.1.1.1.2.3.4.6.2.2.7.  Josef Brückmann, 3-1-1890--10-6-1918, the sevnth of nine children of Josef Brückmann and Amalie Dumm born in Rettigheim.  Josef Brückmann never married and died as a German soldier in The Great War in Frankfort, Germany. Josef Brückmann is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.2.5.12.5.3.4.4. Josef Menges, 1-4-1898--10-19-1918, the fourth of seven children of Lina Geiss and Wendlelin Menges born in Rotenberg, Baden and died as a German soldier in Beffu [Beffu-et-le-Morthomme], Ardennes, France in The Great War.   Josef Menges is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.2.8. Josef Kleinlagel, 3-16-1870--10-22-1918, born in Rettigheim. He was a cigar maker and lived at Rotenberger Str. 12. He died as a soldier in Lörrach/Lazarett in The Great War. Lazarett is German for Field Hospital so Josef died in a German Field Hospital in the town of Lörrach, Baden. The eighth of 13 children of Joseph Kleinlagel and Anna Maria Kamuf. Josef Kleinlagel married Karolina Knab, 3-1-1874--11-28-1958, who was born and died in Rettigheim. He was a cigar maker and lived at Rotenberger Str. 12.  Josef Kleinlagel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.1.10.1.1.  Monika Beigel, nee Rößler, nee Menges, 8-6-1891--10-26-1971, the first of nine children of Ferdinand Menges and Anna Eva Kloe born  in Rauenberg and died in Karlsruhe.  On 11-28-1916 in Rauenberg, Monika Menges married Wilhelm Martin Beigel, 11-13-1886--10-8-1918, who was born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in the Great War in Brancourt, France.  Wilhelm was a sargent attendent in Württemb wheel load company 2.  Monika Beigel, nee Menges is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.2.2.5.12.4.5.9.  Anton Reiss, 1-16-1878--10-27-1918, the ninth of ten children of Cazilia Bender and Johann Reiss born in Rettigheim and died of pneumonia in Lörrach/Lazarett as a German soldier in The Great War.  Lazarett is German for Field Hospital so Anton died of pneumonia in a German Field Hospital in the town of Lörrach, Baden. He was a farmer and lived at Östringer Str. 21. On 4-20-1908 in Rettigheim, Anton Reiss married Maria Rosa Hillenbrand, 7-28-1888--10-10-1969, who was born in Balzfeld, Germany and died in Rettigheim. Anton Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 3rd cousin, 3 generations removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.1.4.8.1. Konrad Rühl, 1-16-1896--10-29-1918, born in Rettigheim and died in Lazaret/Rastatt, Germany. Lazarett is German for Army Field Hospital so Konrad died in a German Field Hospital in the town of Rastatt, Baden located on the Murg River. Konrad was a German soldier in The Great War. The first of five children of Ernestine Reiss and Sebastian Rühl. Konrad never married and was a house shoemaker. Konrad Rühl is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.1.4.8.3. Friedrich Rühl, 7-10-1899--2-14-1920, born and died in Rettigheim. The third of five children of Ernestine Reiss and Sebastian Rühl. Friedrich never married and was a cooper [barrel maker] apprentice. Friedrich Rühl is listed on the plaque for those that died in The Great War.  Due to the location where Friedrich died he most likely died of his wounds after the war was over. Friedrich Rühl is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.2.2.12.5.5.   Johann Wendelin Bender, 10-16-1799--12-29-1821, the fifth of seven children of Franz Bender and Maria Katharina Kamuf born and died in Rettigheim.  Johann occupation was a soldier and as such he died at 21 years of age which is a very young age. Johann Wendelin Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 2nd cousin, 5 generations removed.

1.1.1.3.2.11.6.2.3.5. Stephan Schaffner, 2-21-1886-->1914, the fifth of eleven children of Peter Philipp Schaffner and Katharina Forderer born in Malsch, Wiesloch, Baden. Stephan married Kunigunda Klefenz in Malsch on 6-15-1921. Stephan Schaffner served in The Great War as a German soldier and was awarded the Iron Cross in 1914.  Stephan Schaffner is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.1.3.2.11.6.3.1.3.  Franz Erhard, 4-29-1887--1-19-1962, the third of three children of Joseph Erhard and Theresia Forderer born and died in Malsch, Baden.  Franz Erhard married Maria Josephina Unknown and then married Anna Forderer.  Franz was in the German Army and in 1914 received the Iron Cross.  Franz Erhard is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.1.3.2.11.2.2.4.2.5. Vincent Halter, 2-25-1896--1-23-1957, the fifth of eleven children of Wincenty Halter and Antonia Marianna Szymankiewic born and died  in Cleveland, OH.  Vincent enlisted in the U. S. Army on 1 April 1918 at the age of 22. He was assigned to the 331 Infantry to Aug 1918; then Co D 117 Infantry until Discharge. He was promoted to Private, first class on 19 Nov 1918. He particpated in the Somme Offensive; Ypres-Lys; Defensive Sector. American Expeditionary Forces 5 June 1918 to 27 March 1919. He recieved an honorable discharge 14 Apr 1919.  Vincent Halter  is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

WW II, 1939 - 1947  Four of every five German soldiers killed in this war died on the Eastern Front.  The casualities for WW II totaled between 50 - 70 million people, 80 % of which came from only 4 countries Russia, China, Germany and Poland.  Over 50 % of the casualites were civilians with the majority of those being woman and children.

A total of 65 men are listed on the below plaque in the entrance hall of the St Nickolas Catholic Church in Rettigheim as having been killed in WW II.  

Our list of ancestors killed in WW II is longer than the list on the church plaque as some of our ancestors were from other villages close by Rettigheim hence not listed. The top right corner is difficult to read.  I have listed our ancestors below by year first and then by earliest killed in that specific year.


The levels of our Bender ancestors or their spouses killed in WW II most likely tracks that of Germany in general
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
survived
Total
5
15
13
31
28
31
4
2
1
130

All of our Bender ancestors listed  below were killed in World War II and most are on the plaque in St Nickolas Catholic Church displayed on the Rettigheim village church wall, Rettigheim village church wall, but not all of our ancestors are on this plaque.


1940, 5 of our Bender ancestors or their spouses killed in the war

1.1.2.3.4.8.3.4.4.2.1.  Hermann Burkhard, 7-15-1913--7-3-1940, the first of seven children of Konrad Burkhard and Barbara Müller born in Rettigheim. Hermann was a worker and died unmarried. Hermann was a German soldier in WW II and died at Pirna/Elbe/Pflegeanst near Dresden in Germany. Hermann Burkhart Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.1.1.4.7.2.3.5.2.2.  Wilhelm Bender, 1-7-1897--7-18-1940, born in Oestringen, Baden and died in WW II at  Heilanstalt Brandenburg, Germany. Wilhelm Bender was the second of six children of Philipp Bender and Luise Bindchen.  He may have been one of the 300.000 murder victims of the euthanasie programm during the WW II, it was called "Action T4". In different institutions they killed  mentally ill and disabled people. Maybe he was  killed in a different place  and not in Brandenburg, because the death records were falsified to cover up what happened in the euthanasie institutions. The date and place of death is wrong, as the cause of death.  Wilhelm Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.4.3.3.5.1.3.1.6.3. Karl Hugo Bender, 3-16-1916--8-1-1940, the third child of Serafine Östringer and Johann Bender born in Rettigheim but died in Zabern, Alsace, France as a German soldier during WW II. Karl Hugo Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.6.1.1.4. Ludwig Kretz, 9-20-1912-->1940, born in Rettigheim. The fourth of six children of Sofie Bender and Johann Kretz. Ludwig was a soldier and went missing in WW II. He was a farmer and lived at Östringer Str. 9. On 11-18-1939 in Rettigheim, Ludwig Kretz married 1.2.3.4.8.6.5.3.3.2.3. Josefine Elisabeth Reiss, 3-12-1918--, who was born in Rettigheim. Ludwig Kretz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.3.1.7.6.2. Eugen Förderer, 6-30-1922-->1940, the second of six children of Christian Förderer and Maria Hotz born in Östringen. Eugen never married and died as a German soldier in WW II. Eugen Förderer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1941, 14 of our Bender ancestors or their spouses killed in the war

1.4.3.2.3.2.1.3.5.3.8. Gottlieb Kamuf, 2-23-1920--7-2-1941, the eighth of nine children of Michael Kamuf and Juliana Hoffmann born in Rettigheim. Gottlieb died with an antinode bulge shot at his chest - in the military hospital in Jakobstadt, Germany of a breast and belly shot. He never married and was a carpenter and died as a German soldier in WW II. Gottlieb Kamuf is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.10.2.4.6. Maria Ida Benz, nee Karolus, 7-30-1914--, the sixth of six children of Sebastian Karolus and Anna Rühl born in Rettigheim. Maria Ida Karolus married  Wademar Heinrich Benz on 11-21-1940 in Rettigheim. Wademar Heinrich Benz, 10-25-1915--7-10-1941, was born in Neulussheim, Germany and was a German soldier killed in action during WW II. Wademar Heinrich Benz is listed on the St. Nicolas Church WWII plaque in Rettigheim. Maria Ida Benz, nee Karolus is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.8.4.5.6. Anton Michael Bender, 6-19-1918--7-16-1941, the sixth of Michael Bender and Maria Helene Dumm's eight children born in Rettigheim. Anton Michael Bender never married. He started out as a bricklayer but later was a soldier in the German Army dying in Russia in WW II during Germany's invasion of that country. July 16th, 1941: In the East, Finnish troops break through Soviet positions N of Lake Ladoga. On the central front, German forces of Heeesgruppe Mitte begin the destruction of several Soviet divisions encircled in the Uman pocket. Stalin's son, Lt. Jacob Dugashvili, is taken prisoner near Vitebsk.  He never married. Anton Michael Bender was my Blaies / Bender generations 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.6.1.1.6.1.2.5.1.  Rosa Meixner, nee Weniger, nee Klumb, 4-25-1919--6-14-2003, the child of Andreas Anton Seitz and Elisabeth Klumb born in Mannheim and died in Freburg.  On 7-15-1939 in Mannheim, Rosa Klumb married Willi Adam Weniger, 4-22-1916--7-18-1941, who was born in Karlsruhe and died as a German soldier in WW II in Andrzejowize, Ukrane, Russia. On 10-22-1947 in Mannheim, Rosa Klumb married Willi Friedrich Meixner, 2-24-1921--, who was born in Ladenburg, Germany. Rosa Klumb is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.6.8.3.5.1. Albert Östringer, 9-16-1908--7-22-1941, the first of eleven children of Matthias Östringer and Sofie Weidner born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in WW II in Andernach/Lazarett, Germany. A Lazarett is a German Army Field Hospital and this one was located in Andernach on the Rhine River. On 11-11-1934 in Rettigheim, Albert Östringer married Hermine Klein, 5-2-1908--1-3-1994, who was born in Mühlhausen   and died in Rettigheim.  Albert Östringer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation  removed.

1.1.2.2.5.12.4.5.3.7. Barbara Fischer, nee Müller, nee Reiss, 2-10-1908--6-24-1983, known as Babett, the seventh of seven children of Lorenz Reiss and Anna Bender born and died in Rettigheim. On 7-18-1936 in Nussbach/Oberkirch, Baden, Barbara Reiss married Eugen Müller,  8-19-1908--8-6-1941, who was born in Nussbach/Oberkirch, Baden and died in Rettigheim. He was a merchant and lived at Gotthard Schuler Str. He died in the early part of WW II in a plane attack.  After Eugen died, on 7-9-1948 in Brünn/Rettigheim, Baden,  Barbara Reiss married Johann Fischer, 4-23-1910--4-29-1988, who was born in Brünn and died in Heidelberg, Baden. Barbara Fischer, nee Müller, nee Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.1.1.4.1.5.3.1.1.1.3.1. Valentin Funkert, 9-20-1920--6-30-1941, the first of five children of Theobald Funkert and Maria Eva Klefenz born in Rauenberg, Baden and died as a German soldier in Germany's invasion of Russia in WW II.  Valentin Funkert is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation  removed.

1.4.7.2.3.9.6.2.9.3.  Silvester Greulich, 5-12-1912--8-30-1941, the third of four children of Maria Rosa Klefenz and Pius Greulich born in Rauenberg and died a soldier in the German Army in WW II.  It is not known where Silvester died. Silvester Greulich is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations  removed.

1.4.5.5.4.7.9.2.4.7.  Georg Ambrosius Greulich,  5-23-1912--9-9-1941, the seventh of nine children of Josef Sebastian Greulich and Agathe Brenzinger born in Roteneberg and died as a German soldier in WW II.    On 7-59-1939 in Stift Neuburg, Georg Ambrosius Greulich married Elisabeth Wagner, 2-11-1909--, who was born in Muhlhausen.  Georg Ambrosius Greulich is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.7.5.7.6.2.2.2. Karl Einsiedler, 4-7-1918--10-10-1941, the second of three children of Rosa Barth and Theodor Einsiedler born in Rettigheim. He never married and was a worker. Karl died as a German soldier in WW II in Wjasma, Russia on the way to Moscow. October 7, 1941: On the central and southern fronts, German forces capture Wjasma, Berdjansk and Mariupol. Finland rejects a British demand to cease fighting the Soviet Union. Karl Einsiedler is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.6.4.3.5.2.  Johann Jakob Speck, 12-2-1921--10-18-1941, the second of five children of Hugo Speck and Ottilie Schott born in Obergrombach and died unmarried in Russia. Johann Jakob Speck was a soldier in the German Army in WW II and was killed near Borowsk about 100 km before Moscow as a gunner. Soviet troops repulse German advance on Moscow, December, 1941. November 15th, 1941...The German offensive at Moscow, involving two panzer armies, is paralyzed by -20F temperatures. Johann Jakob Speck is my Bender / Blaies generations 6th  cousin one generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.6.10.3.6.3. Heinrich Reiss, 9-17-1912--11-22-1941, the third of six children of Lorenz Reiss and Maria Helene Wittmeier born in Rettigheim and died in Sewastopol, Crimea. Heinrich never married and was a painter. He died as a German soldier in WW II. Heinrich Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.1.1.4.7.11.2.5.1.4. Ernst Friedrich Forderer, 6-19-1919--11-26-1941, the fourth of four children of Friedrich Forderer and Johanna Steimel born in Ostringen and died as a German Soldier in WW II in Maletschkowo, Russia.  Ernst Friedrich Forderer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.6.1.2.1.1.5.2.3.7.  Karl Heinrich Wipfler, 1-27-1914--12-1-1941, the seventh of eleven children of Wendelin Wipfler III and Anna Wilhelmine Sauer born  in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II.  Karl Heinrich Wipfler is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation  removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.1.3.7.7.4. Berthold Schmitt, 10-17-1919--12-29-1941, the fourth of eight children of Josef Schmitt and Ida Dumm born in Rettigheim and died in Nedanowa, Russia as a German soldier during WW II. Bertold never married and was a plasterer. He was a brother of Erich Schmitt below dying in 1943.  Bertold Schmitt is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin 1 generation removed.


1942, 13 of our Bender ancestors or their spouses killed in the war

1.2.3.7.5.6.1.1.11.5.
Stefan Vinzenz Schmitt, 7-25-1918--2-10-1942, the fifth child of seven children of Nikolaus Schmitt and Elisabeth Brückmann born in Rettigheim. Stefan never married and was a worker. Stefan Vinzenz Schmitt died as a German soldier in WW II in Borissow, Russia during the invasion of Russia. Stefan Vinzenz Schmitt is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin.

1.4.7.2.3.9.6.2.9.4.  Anton Konrad Greulich, 6-14-1919--2-14-1942, the fourth of four children of Maria Rosa Klefenz and Pius Greulich born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II in Russia during the invasion of that country.  Anton Konrad Greulich is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations  removed

1.4.7.2.2.1.9.2.3.4.  Karl Friedrich Link, 5-17-1917--3-27-1942, the fourth of five children of Johann Link and Rosa Göbel born in Rauenberg but died as a German soldier in WW II in Russia during the German invasion of that country. Karl Friedrich Link is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin 2 generations  removed.

1.1.2.1.6.1.3.9.6.5.7. Alois Göbel, 6-16-1920--5-19-1942, the seventh of eight children of Theodore Göbel and Margarete Josefa Haberkorn born and died in Rettigheim.  Alois Göbel was a laborer at home but died as a German soldier in WW II winter battle that ended in May in Charkow, Russia during the German invasion of Russia. Alois Göbel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.1.1.5.9.4. Leopold Wagner, 10-22-1905--5-26-1942, the fourth child of Johann Wagner and Sibille Klotz born in Rettigheim. Leopold lived in Schwäbisch Gmund and died as a German soldier on the Russia front in the early part of WW II. Leopold was my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.6.1.4.8.1.2. Friedrich Reiss, 4-14-1921--7-12-1942, the second child of Ferdinand Reiss and Katharina Metzger born in Rettigheim but died in Iwanoka, Russia as a German soldier during Germany's invasion of Russia in WW II. Leopold lived probably also in Schwäbisch Gmünd.  Friedrich never married and was a butcher. Friedrich Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin.

1.4.3.2.3.3.4.4.2.8.3. Ignaz Wittmeier, 6-26-1923--9-3-1942, the third of five children of Elisabeth Metzger and Herman Jakob Wittmeier born in Rettigheim and died in Russia as a German soldier during WW II. Ignaz Wittmeier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.3.4.8.3.4.4.3.6. Wilhelm Burkhard, 8-26-1911--9-4-1942, the sixth of eight children of Bernhard Burkhard and Elisabeth Becker born in Rettigheim. Wilhelm is described as a sound good worker. Wilhelm died as a German soldier in WW II at Mojdock, Russia.Wilhelm Burkhard is buried in Predmostnyj. Wilhelm Burkhard is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.6.8.1.11.5. Augustin Josef Kretz, 6-5-1916--9-16-1942, the fifth of eight children of Anna Östringer and August Kretz born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in WW II in Pampino, Russia. Augustin never married and was a butcher. Augustin Josef Kretz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1  generation removed.

1.1.2.1.5.1.2.8.2.4.4Johann Otto Lutz, 7-4-1923--10-30-1942, the fourth of four children of Friedrich Lutz and Anna Spannagel born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in the famous WW II battle of  Stalingrad where Hitler told his generals to hold at all cost thereby signing the fate of over 100,000 German soldiers who died, one of which was Johann Otto Lutz in the battle at Stalingrad, Russia.    The Siege of Stalingrad resulted in more Russian (military and civilan) deaths than the United States and Britian sustained (conbined) in all of World War II.  Johann Otto Lutz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation  removed.

1.4.6.1.5.1.8.8.3.2.3.  Ferdinand Ignaz Bergmaier, 11-13-1920--12-1-1942, the third of six children of Agatha Laier and Heinrich Bergmaier born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II. Ferdinand Ignaz Bergmaier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.3.2.3.3.4.4.2.3.1. Maria Stumpf, nee Reiss, 9-6-1909--6-9-1962, born in Rettigheim and died in Heidelberg. On 4-2-1934 in Rettigheim, Maria Reiss married Emil Stumpf, 4-7-1909--12-9-1942, who was born in Rotenberg, Baden but died as a German soldier in the famous WW II battle of Stalingrad where Hitler told his generals to hold at all cost thereby signing the fate of over 100,000 German soldiers who died, one of which was Emil Stumpf in the battle at Stalingrad, Russia.  The Siege of Stalingrad resulted in more Russian (military and civilan) deaths than the United States and Britian sustained (conbined) in all of World War II.  He was a shoemaker and lived at Friedhofstr. 6. Maria Stumpf, nee Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.2.5.12.5.8.1.3Alfons Greulich, 11-19-1909--12-28-1942, the third of ten children of Theresia Lena Klein and Franz Greulich born in Muhlhausen and died as a German soldier in WW II in Russia during the German invasion.  He was a master locksmith. Alfons Greulich is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2  generations removed.



1943, 31 of our Bender ancestors or their spouses killed in the war

1.1.3.3.1.1.3.3.1.1.1.2. Ludwig Göbel, 8-23-1926--c 1943, the second of six children of Rupert Göbel and Ludwina Heinzmann born in Rettigheim. Ludwig was not married and a German soldier in WW II who went missing in action about 1943. Ludwig Göbel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin.

1.4.7.2.3.9.6.9.2.10.  Ludwig Stier, 8-25-1916--1-13-1943, the tenth of eleven children of Charitas Laier and Johann Michael Stier born in Rauenberg and died as  a German soldier in WW II.  Exactly where Ludwig died is unknown. Ludwig Stier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.2.2.5.12.5.8.1.7.  Franz Josef Greulich, 1-1-1917--1-24-1943, the seventh of ten children of Theresia Lena Klein and Franz Greulich born in Muhlhausen and died as a German soldier in WW II in Russia during the German invasion. Franz Josef Greulich is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.6.8.3.5.11. Alfons Östringer, 1-11-1924--1-26-1943, the eleventh of eleven children of Matthias Östringer and Sofie Weidner born in Rettigheim and died in Kanewsky am Dnjepr, Germany [or Ukraine]. Alfons never married and lived as a farmer but died as a German soldier in WW II. Alfons Östringer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.1.3.7.7.3. Erich Schmitt, 3-16-1918--1-30-1943, the third of eight children of Josef Schmitt and Ida Dumm born in Rettigheim. Erich died in WW II as a German soldier, when he was reported missing in action so where he died is unknown. Erich Schmitt is a brother to Bertold [1941] above and  is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.5.8.7. Josef Kleinlagel, 3-30-1908--2--3-1943, born in Rettigheim and died in Russia as a German soldier during Germany's invasion of that country in WW II. Josef never married and was a shoe manufacturer. The seventh of twelve children of Johann Friedrich Kleinlagel and Rosa Göbel. Josef Kleinlagel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.2.1.4.11.2. Leonhard Schmitt, 10-26-1924--2-14-1943, the second of six children of Franziska Werstein and Friedrich Schmitt born in Rettigheim, Baden, Germany and died unmarried as a German Soldier in WW II in Donezgebiet, Russia. Leonhard Schmitt is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.4.3.4.6. Josef Bender, 2-16-1914--2-15-1943, the sixth of six children of Friedrich Bender and Margarethe Müller born in Rettigheim. Josef fell as a German soldier at the Eastern Front in the area of Linengrad, Russia during WW II. He lived in Östringen and was married to Barbara Geis in Ostringen on 11-30-1939. Josef Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin 1 genderation removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.12.1.4.9.  Wendelin Matthaeus Bender, 3-1-1923--3-1-1943, the ninth of ten children of Adolf Bender and Luise Schoeffler born in Obergrombach and died as a German soldier in WW II. Killed 1 March 1943 near Beresnoi, Eastern war arena.  He never married. Wendelin Matthaeus Bender is my Bender / Blaies generations 5th cousin two generations removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.1.4.8.2.1. Anton Rühl, 9-12-1924--3-7-1943, the first child of Franz Rühl and Klara Creszentia Dumm born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in WW II in Nikolskoje/Donezgebiet, Russia. Anton Rühl is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.2.1.4.3.12.1.4.2. Sebastian Förderer, 12-31-1892--3-22-1943, the second of seven children of Katharina Barbara Wittmeier and Johann Baptist Förderer born and died in Rettigheim. Sebastian Förderer was a German soldier and was killed in als KZ. Haftling, Gusen/Perg. Sebastian Förderer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.6.1.2.1.1.4.7.3.4.  Friedrich Sieber, 1-29-1921--4-27-1943, the fourth of six children of Luise Hillenbrand and Karl Sieber born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II.   Friedrich Sieber is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

Friedrich Sieber is related to Albert Sieber, 1843--1907, who was born 1843 February 27th in the morning "früh 9 Uhr" in Mingolsheim (= now Bad Schoenborn), Baden, Germany as 13th of 14 children. (He was baptized in 1843 March 1st in St. Lambertus Church, Mingolsheim.) His father Johannes died in 1845 September 16th . Between 1848 and 1849, shortly after the "Badian Revolution", his mother Eva Katharina nee Fischer, emigrated with her still living 8 children (6 have died in the meantime) to "The New World" North America and Albert grew up in Pennsylvania and Minnesota. He enlisted on 4th March 1862 in the Minnesota Infantry during the Civil War. After the war he was a prospector in California, Nevada and then ended up in Arizona where he managed a ranch from 1868 to 1871.

General George Crook hired him to be Chief of Scouts in 1871 for much of the Apache Wars. He participated in Crook's Tonto (Apache) campaign (1871-1873). When the Camp Verde reservation was closed, Sieber was told to move Yavapais and Tonto Apaches to San Carlos Reservation in the middle of winter. He remained employed there and participated in several engagements with Apache groups that had left the reservation.

In 1883 Crook went into the Sierra Madre of Mexico following Geronimo. Sieber was Crook's lead civilian scout. Sieber was in the field but not present when Geronimo surrended to Lt Gatewood and General Nelson Miles in 1886. Sieber was shot while on the job in 1887 trying to prevent an outbreak from the reservation. However, he was not happy with the treatment of the Apaches at San Carlos and resumed prospecting in 1891.

Sieber died (on 19.February 1907, Apache Trail, Gila County, Arizona) in a construction accident while leading an Apache work crew that was building the Tonto road to the new Roosevelt dam site. Al Sieber was colorful character of the American Southwest.

1.1.2.1.5.1.2.1.6.1.6.1.  Gottfried Laier, 7-13-1922--5-2-1943, the first of two children of Hermann Laier and Margarethe Geider born in Rauenberg and like his three uncles did in the past war, died as a German soldier in WW II. Gottfried Laier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.3.7.2.2. Josef Metzger, 12-8-1924--6-21-1943, born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in Woroshb, Russia in Germany's invasion of that country during WW II. Josef never married and was the second child of Rosa Reiss and Franz Metzger. Josef Metzger is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.1.3.3.3.5.3.3.2.3.6.   Rudolf Bös, 4-14-1921--8-2-1943, the sixth of seven children of Gustav Bös and Anna Barbara Kamuf born in Rettigheim. Rudolf Bös died as a German soldier in Stolonin / Bjelgoro? in Germany's invasion of that country during WW II. Rudolf Bös is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin.

1.2.3.4.8.6.10.3.6.6. Ewald Michael Reiss, 10-29-1924--8-3-1943, the sixth of six children of Lorenz Reiss and Helene Wittmeier born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in Belgrade, Hungary in WW II. Ewald never married and was a shoe factory worker. Ewald Michael Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.6.7.5. Albert Schmitt, 7-11-1908--9-9-1943, born in Rettigheim but died as a German soldier during Germany's invasion of Russia in Bjelyj, Russia in WW II. The fifth of five children of Anna Bender and Stefan Schmitt. He lived at Gotthard Schuler Str. 7. On 9-13-1932 in Rettigheim, Albert Schmitt married 1.1.2.4.8.6.10.3.3.4. Martha Reiss, 9-28-1907--9-13-1983. Martha Reiss was born and died in Rettigheim. Albert Schmitt is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin 1 generations removed.

1.4.6.1.5.1.8.8.3.9.1.  Leo Laier, 8-10-1922--9-26-1943, the first of four children of Klara Justina Laier and Ferdinand Laier born  in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II.  Leo Laier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.6.1.2.1.1.5.2.3.4.  Oskar Wipfler, 8-2-1909--9-30-1943, the fourth of eleven children of Wendelin Wipfler III and Anna Wilhelmine Sauer born  in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II in the famous battle of Monte Cassino, Italy.   Oskar Wipfler is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation  removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.4.6.6.2.1.  Georg Walter Weber, 6-11-1922--10-1-1943, is the first of five children of Georg Peter Weber and Theresia Hildegard Reiss born in Rettigheim. George Walter Weber died as a German soldier in WW II in Sudlich Kiew [Kiev], Ukraine, Russia. Georg Walter Weber was my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin 1 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.6.10.2.6.6. Gottfried Valentin Gerlach, 8-14-1913--10-17-1943, born in Rettigheim and the 6th of six children of Adolf Alexander Gerlach and Angelina Werstein. Gottfried Gerlach died as a German soldier in Russia in Germany's invasion of that country during WW II. Gottfried Gerlach is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.6.1.5.1.8.8.5.1.2.  Edmund Knab, 4-7-1924--10-23-1943,  the second of two children of Maria Anna Kaprell and Friedrich Alois Knab born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II.  Edmund Knab was listed as Toterklarung, meaning remains unknown. Edmund Knab is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1  generation removed.

1.1.1.1.4.7.2.3.2.3.5.2. Rudolf Bender, 7-28-1922--10-29-1943, the second of six children of August Bender and Rosa Schick born in Oestringen and died of his wounds as a German soldier in  Gmunden, Upper Austria, Austria.  Rudolf Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin

1.2.3.4.8.1.4.3.7.7.1.  Franz Josef Schmitt, 10-22-1924--11-20-1943, the only child of Helene Reiss and 1.4.3.2.3.2.1.3.7.2. Stefan Schmitt born in Rettigheim but died in the German invasion of Russia at Borok, Russia in WW II. Franz never married. His name is on the St. Nicolas Church wall in Rettigheim World War II plaque. Franz Josef Schmitt is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.1.3.2.11.2.8.1.5.1.  Cacilia Schaaf, nee Förderer, 7-11-1907--2-12-1972, the first of sixteen children of Karl Förderer and the first of four by Theresia Reiss born in Muhlhausen and died in Sandhausen, Baden.  On 9-29-1933 in Sandhausen, Baden, Cacilia  Förderer married Philipp Adam Schaaf, 1-29-1904--12-3-1943, who was born in Sandhausen, Baden and died as a Germany soldier in WW II.  Cacilia Schaaf, nee Förderer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.2.3.4.2.2.10.2.  Erich Rudolf Kurz, 6-8-1924--12-6-1943, the second of four children of Bernhard Kurz and Anna Veronika Stier born in Rauenberg. and died as a German soldier in WW II.  Where Erich was killed is unknown. Erich Rudolf Kurz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.6.4.3.9.2.  Hermann Sebastian Konrad, 9-20-1922--12-6-1943, the second of seven children of Anna Maria Speck and Karl Konrad born in Obergrombach and died unmarried as a soldier in the German Army in WW II.  Hermann Sebastian Konrad is my Bender / Blaies generation 6th cousin one generation removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.8.7.3.4.2.  Otto Bergmaier, 11-2-1924--12-30-1943,  the second of four children of Maria Sophia Ebinger and Rudolf Bergmaier born in Rauenberg but died as a German soldier in WW II.  Where he was killed is unknown. Otto Bergmaier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.8.7.4.10.  Otto Bergmaier, 11-5-1906--12-30-1943, the tenth of ten children of Sophia Zotz and Jakob Bergmaier born in Rauenberg but died as a german soldier in WW II at Cholodnik which is either in Russia or Poland. Otto Bergmaier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.2.2.5.12.2.5.3.7. Wilhelm Schmitt, 12-17-1911--c. 1943, the fourth of ten children of Johann Schmitt's and the first with Hirlande Frohlich born in Rettigheim but died as a German soldier in WW II. On 12-26-1936 in Muhlhausen, Wilhelm Schmitt married Elisabeth Hotz. Wilhelm Schmitt is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.



1944, 28 of our Bender ancestors or their spouses killed in the war

1.4.3.2.3.2.1.3.5.10.2. Erich Kamuf, 12-13-1924--1-19-1944, the second of six children of Rudolf Kamuf and Ida Kamuf born in Rettigheim. Erich was a German soldier in WW II and was killed in Kisselewitschi, Russia. Erich Kamuf is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.1.1.4.7.2.3.2.3.5.1.  Ernst Bender, 10-4-1920--2-2-1944, the first of six children of August Bender and Rosa Schick born in Oestringen.  was a German soldier in WW II and was killed in Wolossowo, Leningrad Oblast, Russia. Ernst Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin.

1.4.7.2.2.1.8.7.4.4.1.  Otto Heinrich Laier, 11-20-1922--2-20-1944, the first of two children of Maria Bergmaier and Julius Bernhard Laier born and died in Rauenberg.  Otto Heinrich Laier place of death is unknown as he died as a 22 year old German soldier in WW II. He never married. Otto Heinrich Laier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.2.10.3. Friedrich Barth, 2-23-1903--3-4-1944, born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in Russia during the German invasion in WW II. The third of seven children of Frieda Kleinlagel and Karl Barth. He was a cigar maker and lived at Malscher Str. 39. As a German soldier, he was killed in a "Partisanenkampf in Russland" - in a partisan fight in Russia in WW II. On 11-15-1928 in Rettigheim, Friedrich Barth married 1.2.6.2.3.2.1.3.5.3.1. Stefanie Kamuf, 3-13-1907--7-16-1977, who was born and died in Rettigheim. Friedrich Barth is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin.

1.2.3.7.1.4.8.4.2.6. Franz Werstein, 3-23-1911--3-23-1944, the sixth of Maria Anna Bender's and Lorenz Werstein's seven children born in Rettigheim. Franz never married. As a German soldier, Franz was killed at the Bug [the "Bug" most likely refers to the Bug River that is the border between Poland and the Ukraine] with Kurylowski during the last years of WW II on the Russian front during the German campaign much like his ancestor, Johann Wagner, 1756--1813 the husband of 1.2.3.7.1.1. Maria Juliana Bender about 130 years before as a soldier in Napoleon's Army invading Russia. Franz Werstein was my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.1.4.3.4. Eugen Urban Kamuf, 9-27-1925--4-27-1944, the fourth of nine children of Anna Kleinlagel and Johann Kamuf who was born in Rettigheim. Eugen's place of death is unknown as he died as a 19 year old German soldier in WW II. He never married. Eugen Urban Kamuf is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.2.1.4.9.3.3.4.7. Paul Müller, 6-29-1903--4-28-1944, the seventh of seven children of Theodor Müller and Maria Heinzmann born in Rettigheim. On 11-16-1927 in Rettigheim, Paul Müller married 1.1.1.1.4.1.5.2.2.6.5.1. Maria Josefine Dumm, 2-27-1903--1-11-1983, who was born in Rettigheim and died in Malsch. Paul Müller was a cigar maker and lived at Mingolsheimer Str. 13 and was killed in Luneville, France in WW II as a German soldier. Paul Müller is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.4.3.3.5.1.9.8.2. Maria Theresia Spieler, nee Göbel, 9-4-1909--, the second child of Andreas Göbel and Angelina Müller born in Rettigheim. On 11-9-1935 in Rettigheim, Maria Theresia Göbel married Albert Spieler, 12-21-1906--5-20-1944, who was born in Malsch but died as a German soldier in WW II during the German campaign in Russia in Polsuche, Russia. Albert lived at Rotenberger Str. 33. Maria Theresia Spieler, nee Göbel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.1.4.7.2. Friedrich Karl Schmitt, 9-13-1922--5-31-1944, the second of four children of Helene Kleinlagel and Franz Schmitt born in Rettigheim, Baden, Germany. Friedrich Karl Schmitt's died in Campoferne/Rom as a German soldier in WW II. Friedrich Karl Schmitt is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.3.7.2.1. Gustav Metzger, 11-27-1921--6-23-1944, born in Rettigheim, was the first child of Rosa Reiss and Franz Metzger. Gustav died as a German soldier in WW II. He was missing in action and then declared dead. He never married. Gustav Metzger is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.6.1.5.1.8.8.1.7.4.  Heinrich Ritz, 11-13-1924--7-3-1944, the second of three children of Anna Bertha Klee and Jakob Ritz born in Rauenberg and died in Pugoceni, Moldova [formerly part of Romania]  as a German soldier in WW II.  Heinrich Ritz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.1.9.5.3.2.  Erich Menges, 4-6-1925--7-31-1944, the second of three children of Alois Menges and Rosa Amalie Moser born in Rauenberg.  Erich   died in the Nordatlantik as a German soldier or sailor in WW II. On that date listed for Erich's DOD, the German U Boat U333 sank in the North Atlantic with some survivors. Erich Menges is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.3.2.3.3.4.4.2.8.1. Konrad Franz Wittmeier, 3-25-1914--7-17-1944, the first of five children of Elisabeth Metzger and Herman Jakob Wittmeier born in Rettigheim and died in Cherburg-Halbinsel, Germany. It is uncertain but Konrad may have died as a German soldier or a civilian in WW II. On 10-28-1939 in Rettigheim, Konrad Franz Wittmeier married 1.1.2.3.4.1.8.3.4.4.3.7.  Luzia Burkhard, 6-28-1914--4-16-1992, who was born in Rettigheim and died in Heidelberg. He was a shoe factory worker and lived at Rotenberger Str. 43 and G. Schuler 20. Konrad Franz Wittmeier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.14.6.6.1.  Alois Speck, 4-20-1914--7-2-1944, the first of two children of Otto Speck and Sophie Fink born in Obergrombach and died in Jurowitschi, Germany.  On 5-11-1940 in Obergrombach, Alois Speck married Maria Debatin, 2-11-1914--, and had the following two children.  Alois died as a German soldier in WW II in Jurowitschi, Germany which is on the border of Russia.  Alois Speck is my Bender / Blaies generation 5th cousin two generations  removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.8.7.7.2.  Otto Zotz, 10-13-1901--8-1-1944, the second of nine children of Franz Xaver Zotz and Emilie Greulich born in Heidelberg and died as a soldier in the German Army in WWII in the battle of  Stalingrad in Russia.  The Siege of Stalingrad resulted in more Russian (military and civilan) deaths than the United States and Britian sustained (conbined) in all of World War II.  Otto Zotz  is my Bender / Blaies generation 2nd cousin two generations removed.  Otto Zotz married a woman by the name of Liese and had two children.

1.1.2.1.6.1.3.9.6.5.2.  Franz Göbel, 4-11-1908--8-1944, the second of eight children of Theodore Göbel and Margarete Josefa Haberkorn born in Rettigheim.  On 10-1-1931 in Rettigheim,  Franz Göbel married 1.2.6.2.3.2.1.3.5.3.3. Adelheide Kamuf, 10-24-1909--5-6-1992, the third of nine children of Michael Kamuf and Juliana Hoffmann born and died in Rettigheim. Franz Göbel, 4-11-1908--8-1944,  died as a German soldier in Bussluck, Russia during Germany's invasion of Russia in WW II and died in a military hospital.  He was a cutter and lived at Östringer Str. 36.   Franz Göbel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed. 

1.2.3.4.8.6.10.3.9.4. Karl Bös, 3-27-1923--8-20-1944, the fourth of eight children of Juliana Reiss and Josef Bös born in Rettigheim and died as a German sailor in WW II in Kanal, France. Karl was a factory worker at Matrose. Karl Bös is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.2.1.4.9.3.3.4.6.1. Wendelin Östringer, 3-13-1926--8-28-1944, the first of eight children of Klara Müller and Konrad Östringer born in Rettigheim and died in Lazaret/Lauben/bei Breslau, Germany. Lazarett is one of many Germany Field Hospitals this one located in Lauben in Bavaria.   WendeWendelin never married and died as a German soldier during WW II. Wendelin Östringer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.10.4.11.4.  Gosbert Hirsch, 2-11-1926--9-17-1944, the fourth of six children of Ida Bender and Otto Hirsch born in Muhlhausen, Kraichgau, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württernberg, Germany and died as a German soldier in WW II. Gosbert Hirsch is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed. 

1.2.3.7.1.4.4.3.5.6. Julius Östringer, 9-11-1908--10-6-1944, the sixth of twelve children of Ida Bender and Franz Östringer born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in WW II on the Russia front in Witebsk, Russia [or Lithawania]. He was a cigar maker and lived at Rotenberger Str. 1. On 12-26-1936 in Rettigheim, Julius Östringer married 1.1.1.3.3.3.5.3.3.2.4.2.  Anna Göbel, 1-1-1910--3-31-1988, who was born and died in Rettigheim and the daughter of Friedrich Göbel and Amalie Bös. Julius Östringer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin.

1.4.3.2.3.3.4.4.2.1.1.1. Josef Walfried Reiss, 9-15-1926--10-27-1944, the first of nine children of Maria Viktoria Dumm and Johann Sebastian Reiss born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier during WW II in Autz, Lettland which is a country south of Helsinki, Finland. Josef Walfried Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.3.2.3.3.4.4.2.4.1. Helmut Metzger, 4-29-1925--10-27-1944, the child of Johann Metzger and Christine Läuble born in St. Georgen/Scharzwald, Germany but died as a soldier in WW II and never married. Helmut Metzger is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.6.4.3.1.3.  Erna Lindenfelser, nee Ernst, 12-28-1910--, the third of four children of Elisabetha Speck and Hermann Sebastian Ernst born in Obergrombach.  On 5-24-1938 in Obergrombach, Erna Ernst married Alois Lindenfelser, 9-25-1912--12-13-1944, who was born in and died as a German soldier in WW II in Raum Thann, Alsace.  Erna Lindenfelser, nee Ernst is my Bender / Blaies 6th cousin one generations removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.1.3.7.7.7. Willibald Schmitt, 11-13-1926--12-16-1944, the seventh of eight children of Josef Schmitt and Ida Dumm born in Rettigheim. Willibald Schmitt was a post office assistant and died as a German soldier in WW II in Lazarett / B. Morgen. Lazarett is the word for the German Army Field Hospital so Willibald died in one of these Hospitals near the town of Morgan.  Morgan is an abbreviation for a longer word which as yet I cannot find. Willibald Schmitt is the borther to Bertold and Erich who also were killed in the war and  is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.3.7.7. Adam Reiss, 10-26-1902--12-20-1944, born in Rettigheim and died as a German soldier in Germany's invasion of Russia in WW II. The seventh of eight children of Juliana Bender and Josef Reiss. Adam never married and was a butcher. He died in the war imprisoned in Golubolka/Donbass, Ukraine, Russia. Adam Reiss is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.2.3.5.1.2. Theodor Förderer, 1-19-1910-->12-24-1944, the second of seven children of Franz Förderer and Anna Schäffner born in Rettigheim and died somewhere in Russia as a soldier in the German Army during the invasion of that country in WW II. Theodor was missing in Russia in WW II. He was an electrician and lived at malscher Str. 40. On 10-2-1939 in Rettigheim, Theodor Förderer married 1.4.3.2.3.2.1.3.5.5.1. Maria Josefine Kamuf, 5-9-1912--3-6-1997, who was born in Rettigheim and died in Ettlingen, Baden. Theodor Förderer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.3.2.1.3.1.1.6. Lina Steeb, nee Epp, 1900--8-16-1988,  the sixth of seven children of Emil Epp and Karoline Seiler born in Karlsruhe and died in Bruchsal. Lina Epp married Heinrich Steeb, --1944, who died as a soldier in the German Army in WW II.  Lina Steeb, nee Epp is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.5.3.7.6.1. Edwin Josef Kamuf, 2-15-1924--c. 1944, the first of seven children of Alois Kamuf and Maria Becker born in Rettigheim. Edwin was missing in action or killed as a German soldier in WW II. Edwin Josef Kamuf is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin.


1945, 31 of our Bender ancestors or their spouses killed in the war

1.2.3.7.5.7.6.2.1.1.  Josef Theodor Kamuf, 3-25-1910--1945, the first of five children of Anna Barth and Emil Kamuf born in Rettigheim. He was a buyer of employees and lived at Gotthard Schuler Str. 17. He was missing in 1945 and in 1952 was declared dead. Josef Theodor Kamuf was killed in WW II as a German soldier. On 11-14-1936 in Rettigheim, Josef Theodor Kamuf married Edith Knopf, 7-28-1913--, who was born in Heidelberg. After Josef's death, Edith married 1.1.2.3.4.8.7.4.6.8.  Anton Nikolaus Kretz, 9-10-1916--5-13-1991, the eighth of nine children of Josef Kretz and Emma Schonberger born in Rettigheim. Josef Theodor Kamuf is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.5.7.6.2.1.3. Karl Emil Kamuf, 2-14-1916--1945, the third of five children of Anna Barth and Emil Kamuf born in Rettigheim. On 3-7-1941 in Rettigheim, Karl Emil Kamuf married Martha Pujo who was born in Zahsow/Cottbus, Germany. Karl was missing in WW II and then declared dead in 1949. He left descendants in Cottbus. Karl Emil Kamuf is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.2.1.4.9.5.3.7.1. Albert Werstein, 3-26-1909--1945, the first of five children of Rosa Müller and Franz Werstein born in Rettigheim and died in Dresden, Germany as a German soldier in WW II. Albert was missing since the huge bombing of Dresden and was last known to be in Frankfort/Oder. He lived in Bretten. Albert Werstein married Luzia Gramlich in Östringen. Albert Werstein is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.3.3.1.4.1.1.4.4.  Hugo Richard Sauer, 6-15-1926--1-5-1945, the fourth of four children of Alois Sauer and Pauline Franziska Hacks born in Heidelberg and died as a German soldier WW II in Brandenbourg, Luxemburg. Hugo Richard Sauer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.3.2.3.2.3.1.7.1.10. Ernst Werstein, 2-5-1920--1-19-1945, born in Rettigheim and died in Loben/Obersch, Austria. The tenth of fourteen children of Elisabeth Förderer and Stefan Werstein. Ernst died as a German soldier in WW II in Loben / Obersch.  He never married and was a worker. Ernst Werstein is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.4.3.5.8. Erwin Östringer, 12-24-1910--4-1945, the eighth of twelve children of Ida Bender and Franz Östringer born in Rettigheim and died in Krakatsch/Donezgeb. He was a bricklayer and lived at Wiesenstr. 18. Erwin Östringer died in the spring of 1945 as a German soldier in WW II. On 11-13-1937 in Rettigheim, Erwin Östringer married 1.1.1.1.4.1.5.2.2.6.10.4. Helene Dumm, 9-16-1915--, who was born in Rettigheim and the daughter of Franz Dumm and Bernhardine Kamuf. Erwin Östringer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin.

1.1.4.3.3.5.1.9.5.7.1. Stefan Albert Braun, 8-26-1924--c. 1945, the first child of Hildegard Göbel and Nikolaus Braun born in Rettigheim but died as a German soldier in WW II missing in Sarajevo, Bösnia. He never married. Stefan Albert Braun is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.14.5.6.4.7. Heinrich Georg Dumm, 1-5-1928--c. 1945, the seventh of nine children of Ferdinand Dumm, 1887--1971, and the second by Eva Katharina Frohmüller born in Rettigheim. Heinrich Georg Dumm was a 16 or 17 year old soldier in the German Army in WW II and was missing since 1945. Heinrich was my Blaies / Bender generation's 9th cousin.

1.2.3.4.8.1.5.3.8.2. Johann Werstein, 10-10-1900--2-1945, born in Rettigheim, the second of 3 children of Johann Werstein and Maria Neuner, was a German soldier and was killed in WW II. Johann was my Blaies / Bender generation's 8th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.6.4.3.9.5.  Rupert Konrad, 1-11-1927--2-6-1945, the fifth of seven children of Anna Maria Speck and Karl Konrad born in Obergrombach and died in the German army field military hospital 67 from his wounds and was a tank grenadier in the German Army in WW II. Rupert Konrad is my Bender / Blaies generation 6th cousin one generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.5.2.5. Alfons Kleinlagel, 5-7-1894--2-23-1945, born in Rettigheim and died in Pforzheim, Germany. The fifth of ten children of Augustin Kleinlagel and Elisabetha Müller. Alfons was killed picking up a bomb as a soldier in WW II. Alfons Kleinlagel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.6.4.3.8.4.  Anton Speck, 9-9-1924--3-7-1945, the fourth of eight children of Rupert Speck and Lina Fink born in Obergrombach and killed in action as a soldier in the German Army in WW II in Arnsberg/Westfalen, Germany. Anton Speck is my Bender / Blaies generations 6th cousin one generation removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.2.1.4.1.5.  Martin Kreher, 10-5-1926--3-8-1945, the fifth of five children of Albert Kreher and Maria Becker born in Obergrombach and died unmarried in Unna/Westfalen, Germany most likely as a German soldier in WW II. Martin Kreher is my Bender / Blaies generation 6th cousin one generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.1.4.12. Heinrich Wendelin Kleinlagel, 4-28-1913--3-19-1945, a twin, born in Rettigheim but died in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany. The 12th of 13 children of Gregor Kleinlagel and Florentine Bender. Heinrich lived in Östringen, and was killed in Berlin-Charlottenburg (a suburb of Berlin) in WW II. On 11-10-1942, Heinrich Wendelin Kleinlagel married Rosa Batzler who was born in Östringen, Baden. Heinrich Wendelin Kleinlagel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.6.1.5.1.8.7.1.6.7.  Ewald Salomon, 12-31-1927--3-22-1945, the seventh of seven children of  Maria Elisabeth Greulich and the fourth of four by Ferdinand Salomon born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II. Ewald Salomon is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.2.1.9.2.3.5.  Gottfried Link, 5-7-1919--4-3-1945, the fifth of five children of Johann Link and Rosa Göbel born in Rauenberg but died as a German soldier in WW II in Schystin, Russia which is near Leningrad during the German invasion of that country. Gottfried Link is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin 2  generations removed.

1.2.3.4.8.6.10.3.9.2. Eugen Bös, 12-13-1919--4-10-1945, the second of eight children of Juliana Reiss and Josef Bös born in Rettigheim. He was a German soldier and died in the military reservation hospital in Schmallenbert / Sauerland Germany in WW II. Eugen never married and was a worker. Eugen Bös is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.12.3.1.4.  Adolf Bender, 3-15-1903--4-16-1945, the fourth of four children of Anton Bender and Lina Lindenfelser born in Obergrombach and died of his wounds in a militry hospital in Bischweiler, Germany.  Adolf Bender was a soldier in the Germany Army in WW II.  Adolf Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation 5th cousin two generations removed. 

1.2.3.7.1.4.10.4.5.2.  Johann Bender, 5-4-1919--4-25-1945, the second of nine children of Josef Bender and Emma Wagner born in Muhlhausen but died in the German Army as a German soldier in WW II.  Johann Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.1.3.1.4.1.1.4.2.  Maria Winfriede Saller, nee Sauer, 2-15-1915--1-14-1974,  the second of four children of Alois Sauer and Pauline Franziska Hacks born and died in Dusseldorf.  In 1940 in Dusseldorf, Maria Winfriede Sauer married Anton Saller, 8-3-1915--4-27-1945, who was born in Dussildorf and died as a German soldier in WW II near Haslev, Denmark in the war graves site [Kriegsgräberstätte].  Maria Winfriede Saller, nee Sauer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.4.7.2.2.5.8.4.5.4.  Maria Theresia Knörr, 8-31-1908--, the fourth of five children of Sophia Menges and Josef Knörr born in Rauenberg.  fix2721  Sometime before 1930 in Rauenberg, Maria Theresia Knörr had one child by Karl Josef Krotz, 5-23-1906--5-1945, who was born in Rauenberg and died in Russia as a German soldier in WW II during the German invasion of Russia. Maria Theresia Knörr is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.7.1.2.1.3.1.1.4.2.  Werner Fleck, 2-1928--3-1-1945, the second of two children of Ida Epp and Adolf Fleck died in Bruschal?. Werner Fleck died as a German Soldier in WW II. Werner Fleck is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.4.3.2.4.3. Franz Kamuf, 1-14-1927--5-1-1945, the third of five children of Georg Friedrich Kamuf and Ida Schäffner born in Rettigheim and died in Woltersdorf/Lückenwalde, Germany. Franz Kamuf never married. He was a cigar maker and died as a German soldier in WW II at the age of 18. Franz Kamuf is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.7.1.4.4.3.4.2.2. Ewald Bender, 11-21-1925--5-3-1945, the second child of Anton Bender and Luzia Essert born in Rettigheim and died in Lazarett/Freiberg, Saxonia. Lazarett is the term for the German Army Field Hospitals and this one where Ewald died is in the town of Freiberg, Saxony. Ewald never married, was a mechanic, and died as a German soldier in WW II. Ewald Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin.
1.4.6.1.2.1.1.5.2.3.11.  Walter Wipfler, 6-28-1924--12-31-1945, the eleventh of eleven children of Wendelin Wipfler III and Anna Wilhelmine Sauer born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II "in Toterklarung" which translates to Dead Explanation or literaly to unable to find the remains. Walter Wipfler is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.1.1.3.3.3.5.3.3.2.3.3. Valentin Bös, 6-15-1914--12-31-1945, the third of seven children of Gustav Bös and Anna Barbara Kamuf born in Rettigheim. Valentin Bös never married was declared missing and dead as a German soldier in WW II. Valentin Bös is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin.

1.4.6.1.2.1.1.4.5.7.4.  Artur Heinrich, 12-6-1921--12-31-1945, the fourth of seven children of Josef Heinrich and Anna Reiert born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II "in Toterklarung" which translates to Dead Explanation or literaly to unable to find the remains or as we would say today Missing in Action.  Artur Heinrich is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin. 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.1.5.1.2.2.6.2.4.  Rosa Ladel, nee Bergmaier, 11-16-1902--5-29-1996, the fourth of six children of Elisabeth Laier and Wilhelm Bergmaier born and died in Rauenberg. On 10-23-1924 in Rauenberg, Rosa Bergmaier married Franz Ladel, 3-16-1902--12-31-1945, who was born in Rauenberg and died in Toterklärung which translates to "Dead Explanation".  Franz Ladel was killed as a German soldier in WW II. Rosa Ladel, nee Bergmaier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.5.8.6. Franz Kleinlagel, 10-4-1906--12-31-1945, born in Rettigheim but died in Russia as a German soldier in Germany's invasion of Russia in WW II. The sixth of twelve children of Johann Friedrich Kleinlagel and Rosa Göbel. He was a shoe factory worker and lived at Rotenberger Str. 34. On 6-1-1935 in Rettigheim, Franz Kleinlagel married 1.2.3.4.8.6.10.3.6.2. Johanna Reiss, 7-12-1910--, who was born in Rettigheim. Franz Kleinlagel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.6.1.5.1.8.8.3.2.2.  Josef Bergmaier, 10-14-1919--12-31-1945, the second of six children of Agatha Laier and Heinrich Bergmaier born in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II "in Toterklarung" which translates to Dead Explanation or literaly to unable to find the remains. Josef Bergmaier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 9th cousin,  1 generation removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.12.1.4.8.  Hermann Josef Bender, 4-3-1922--12-31-1945, the eighth of ten children of Adolf Bender and Luise Schoeffler born in Obergrombach and died as a soldier in the German Army in WW II.  Missing since 1945 in the east war;  through decision of the district court of Bruchsal on 11 March 1969 was declared dead on 31 Dec 1945. Hermann Josef Bender is my Bender / Blaies generations 5th cousin two generations removed.


1946, 4 of our Bender ancestors or their spouses killed in the war

1.1.1.1.2.3.4.6.2.2.1.5. Karl Reiss, 10-1-1906--1946, the fifth of eight children of Viktoria Brückmann and Franz Reiss born in Rettigheim and died on the Russia flank at the end of WW II. Karl was a butcher and was married in 1936 in Gütersloh, Germany but the name of his wife is unknown.  Karl Reiss is my generation's 7th cousin 1 generation removed.

1.1.2.3.4.8.7.4.6.7. Oswald Kretz, 1-25-1913--1-17-1946, the seventh of nine children of Josef Kretz and Emma Schonberger born in Rettigheim and died in Russia as a German soldier in WW II in the Adabeitz/Ural area. On 1-13-1944 in Rettigheim, Oswald Kretz married Anna Appel from Ostringen. Oswald Kretz is my Bender / Blaies generation's 6th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.4.6.1.5.1.8.8.3.10.  Isidor Laier, 3-12-1901--1946, the tenth of eleven children of Frieda Wipfler and Michael Laier born  in Rauenberg and died as a German soldier in WW II.  Isidor Laier is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th  cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.1.1.4.7.2.3.3.6.1.  Barnhard Fellhauer, 11-8-1899--8-11-1946,  born in Kaefertal, Baden and died in WW II in Russia as a German soldier.  Barnhard Fellhauer was married to Adelheid Bender, 3-14-1898--12-24-1978, who was born and died in Oestringen, Baden.  They had three children. Adelheid Bender is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th  cousin, 1 generations removed.

1947, 2 of our Bender ancestors or their spouses killed in the war

1.4.7.2.3.9.9.2.3.2.  Heinrich Haag, 11-26-1903--2-4-1947, the second of five children of Wendelin Haag and Emilie Kiefer born in Rauenberg and was killed as a German soldier in WW II  in Justewice b. Olesko / Ukraine, Russia. Heinrich Haag is my Bender / Blaies generation's 7th cousin, 1 generation removed.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.1.4.10. Josef Kleinlagel, 7-29-1907--12-1947, born in Rettigheim but died in Saratwo, Russia. The tenth of 13 children of Gregor Kleinlagel and Florentine Bender. On 12-8-1939 in Rettigheim, Josef Kleinlagel married 1.2.3.4.8.6.10.3.5.4. Maria Elisabeth Reiss, 3-12-1916--3-21-1982, who was born in Rettigheim and died in Heidelberg. He was a buyer. Josef Kleinlagel died in camp in Saratow, Russia as a German soldier in WW II. It may be that Josef might have been a prisoner of war and died in an internment camp in Russia. Josef Kleinlagel is my Bender / Blaies generation's 4th cousin, 2 generations removed.

The below two cncestors are not yet counted in the many Bender war dead above and will not be until better information is known.

1.4.7.2.2.1.1.9.3.6.  Hirlanda Bitz, nee Fischer, 1-20-1904--1-17-1944, the sixth of seven children of Franziska Menges and Josef Fischer born and died in Rauenberg.  On 6-28-1928 in Rauenberg, Hirlanda Fischer married Stefan Bitz, 10-3-1899--<1944, who was born in St. Leon. Stefan Bitz was a rubber factory worker and his place of death is unknown.  All that is known via the German records is that Stefan died sometime before 1944 and his place of death is unknown.   Dying that young and before 1944 and with the place of death unknown usually would mean he died as a German soldier in WW II. That is not yet documented so Stefan is not listed in this web site as yet.  Hirlanda Bitz, nee Fischer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 8th cousin, 2 generations removed.

1.1.2.2.3.3.14.6.6.  Otto Speck, 1-10-1886--7-18-1915, the sixth of eight children of Leon Speck and Maria Magdalena Neuberth born in Obergrombach and died in Wyh, Germany.  On 4-2-1913 in Obergrombach, Otto Speck married Sophie Fink, 10-5-1889--10-10-1976, born in Obergrombach and died in  Neuhausen-Schellbronn, Germany.  Otto may have died as a German soldier in The Great War. If so then he is my Bender / Blaies generation 4th cousin three generations removed.

Below is the Bender ancestor that served in the German Army, some being killed and two from the Malsch Bender line not yet connected to our Bender line.

1.2.3.4.8.1.7.5.8.9. Wendelin Kleinlagel, 9-11-1911--, the ninth of twelve children of Johann Friedrich Kleinlagel and Rosa Göbel born in Rettigheim.  On 5-27-1944 in Rettigheim, Wendelin Kleinlagel married Hildegard Pfeifer who was born in Östringen.  Wendelin Kleinlagel served in the German Army during W. W. II. Wendelin  is my Bender / Blaies generation's 5th cousin 2 generations removed.

Below is a Bender ancestor that may have survived in a war time environment

1.1.4.3.3.5.1.4. Peter Östringer, 6-19-1810--2-15-1848, the fourth of twelve children of Maria Juliana Wagner and Josef Ferdinand Östringer born in Rettigheim and somehow ended up dying in Mexico. Perhaps as a soldier of fortune in one of the many revolutions down there. Peter Östringer is my Bender / Blaies generation's 3rd cousin, 4 generations removed.

3.4.5.6.1.  Karl Keilbach, a German soldier dying at Verdun, France during WW II.  Son of Philipp Joseph Keilbach, 1-10-1866--1-12-1923,  and Juliana Fleckenstein, 3-19-1868--2-26-1939, from the Malsch Bender line not yet connected to our Bender line.. 

3.4.5.7.4.  Alois Duffin, a German soldier dying in battle in  Friesland, Netherlands during WW II.  Son of Bernard Duffin and Juliana Keilbach, from the Malsch Bender line not yet connected to our Bender line..

Many times throughout our Bender family's history one or all of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse: Conquest, War, Pestilence and Death were turned loose on mankind. It was the red horse of War that may have left the deepest mark on this family and the village of Rettigheim.

Not yet connected nor counted

34561  Karl Urban Keilbach, 2-10-1892--12-25-1915, born in Malsch and died in Verdun sur Meuse, Lorraine, France as a German Soldier in The Great War. 

34574  Alois Duffrin, --c 1943, died as a German soldier in Weltkrieg in Friesland in WW II. 

35627  Sebastian Bos, 10-31-1891--12-5-1917, born in Malsch, Baden and died as a German soldier in France in The Great War.

Michael McTiernan


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