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November 21, 2009

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The New York City Math Teacher

If you went to the judische friedhof, you might have been able to see Steve Sondheim's (lyricist/playwright) great grand-parents' graves. Also, I didn't know that Fladungen was *that* close to Bischofsheim - got a few sordid family stories about that town.

Doug M.

NYCMT, are you sure? Because this --

http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/s/secrest-sondheim.html

-- suggests otherwise. It says that Stephen Sondheim's father Herbert Sondheim "had begun at the very bottom of the ladder, but that he was destined to prosper seems unsurprising, given his paternal ancestors. He was the grandson of German Jewish immigrants. His grandfather, Isaac, born in Hessen-Darmstadt, emigrated to the United States in 1848 and settled with his wife, Rosa, on the Lower East Side."

Maybe one more great- on the grandparents? But most German graveyards recycle their gravesites after a fixed period of time, typically 80, 90, or 100 years. Also, Sondheim is not in Hesse.

Do you have a cite? Could it be a different Sondheim?


Doug M.

David Allen

"the library (open 4 to 6 on weekdays)"

I'm hoping that this is a tiny branch in a tiny town and not typical.

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