Ludwig Reinheimer honors his father, Israel Reinheimer, who was born in Berfelden,
Germany, in 1887. He worked as a butcher in Höchst im Odenwald and married Clara
Geismer Reinheimer after his first wife died. The couple had two children, Hedy and
Ludwig. The family’s life was turned upside down on November 9, 1938, when the Nazis
destroyed Jewish synagogues, homes, and businesses during a night of violence known
as Kristallnacht. Israel was beaten in front of his family and arrested. His wife,
Clara, was able to secure his release, but the family knew that it was time to leave
Germany. In 1939, the family left their home to move to the United States. They settled
in Nashville, where Israel and his wife first began employment at the May Hosiery
Mill. Israel eventually changed jobs and worked at the Jacobs Packing Company, where
he butchered cattle. Ludwig Reinheimer remembers his father fondly, and noted that
even though he was strict, he learned to respect his father’s ways as he grew older.
Israel Reinheimer died in Nashville in 1964.