This advertisement was placed in the German language newspaper Aufbau by Hilde Midas Dreifuss, who is the older sister of Elsbeth in the hope the family could find out whether or not Elsbeth and her husband Robert, who had been in hiding in Amsterdam, had been captured and deported to a concentration camp. It was later discovered that both she and her husband had been deported to Auschwitz, where he was murdered shortly after arrival. Elsbeth was liberated from Auschwitz at the end of the war, rejoined her family in New York and married her second husband with whom she shared a long and happy 46 year marriage.
The translation is as follows:
INTERNATIONAL SEARCH CENTER (in “Aufbau” newspaper)
(Top section lists the advertising rates)
Gerst, Elsbeth, maiden name Midas (born in 1916 in Fürth, Bavaria),
and Robert (Bob, born in 1910 in Nürnberg) last address: 4 Watteau Street, Amsterdam, probably deported in July 1942), ad placed by Hilde Dreifuss, maiden name Midas, 619 West 163rd Street, New York 32, N.Y.
Auguste Mohr’s Passport
Auguste Midas Mohr’s German passport includes a J identifying her as a Jew, a swastika-embossed cover and arrival stamps from the Haiti government. Also note each female was required to take on the additional name, Sara.
Harry Rosenberg’s Passport
Harry (Hans) Rosenberg’s German passport includes a J identifying him as a Jew, a swastika-embossed cover and arrival stamps from the Haiti government. Also note each male was required to take on the additional name, Israel.
Bill’s German Identity Card was issued just three weeks prior to his 4th birthday. He was identified as a Jew by the large J on the second page and as with all Jewsih males, was given the additional name, Israel.