Herbert Bernstein

6 January 1914–25 June 1987 (Age 73)
Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

The Life of Herbert

When Herbert Bernstein was born on 6 January 1914, in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany, his father, Fabrikarbeiter Oskar Bernstein, was 22 and his mother, Fabrikarbeiterin Anna Luise Klein, was 0. He died on 25 June 1987, in Offenbach, Offenbach, Dillkreis, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia, Germany, at the age of 73.

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Herbert Bernstein
Irmgard Stein

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World Events (8)


Age 4

Armistice ending World War I.

Age 4

Germany a republic is proclaimed. Following the flight of Emperor Wilhelm II from Germany, a republic was proclaimed (later known as the Weimar Republic).

Age 22

Berlin, Germany hosts Summer Olympic Games.

Name Meaning

1 Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Bernstein ‘amber’ (from Middle Low German bernen ‘to burn’+ stēn ‘stone’; it was thought to be created by burning, although it is in fact fossilized pine resin).2 German: habitational name from a place named Bernstein, of which there is one example in Bavaria and another in what used to be East Prussia (now Pełczyce in northwestern Poland). Both of these probably get their German names from the notion of a ‘burnt stone’, for example in brick making, rather than from the usual modern meaning, ‘amber’. The name may also be derived from Bärenstein, a common field and place name, especially in Bavaria and Austria.3 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): in some cases perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a craftsman or dealer in amber.

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