Ludwig Reinheimer honors his mother, Clara Geismer Reinheimer, who was born in Berisach,
Germany, which is located near the Swiss border. Clara married Israel Reinheimer
after his first wife passed away; the couple had two children, Hedy and Ludwig. The
family’s life changed dramatically after Kristallnacht; they were forced to hide
in the woods for several days while synagogues and Jewish businesses and homes were
destroyed by the Nazis. When they returned, Clara’s husband Israel was beaten and
then arrested. She was able to appeal to the mayor and secure his release; the mayor
was sympathetic to the fact that Israel was a World War I veteran. The family eventually
escaped to the United States in 1939. After staying with relatives, Clara and her
family boarded a train for Nashville and eventually settled into their new home.
Clara was employed at the May Hosiery Mill for a period of time and later worked
as a homemaker, raising her two children. She died on January 31, 1991.