I am sure that all former Bambergers were shocked and saddened by the sudden untimely death on October 4th of Professor Jeffrey Isner, Boston, at the age of 53. Our deep sympathy goes out to his family, especially to his widowed mother Lily, nee Neumann, Rockville, Maryland.

In the section on Scientists and Scholars in my book Juden in Bamberg: Die Jahrzehnte vor dem Holocaust, I briefly mentioned Isner's outstanding work on heart disease, recognised by a prestigious award (pp.343 & 344). A fuller description of Prof. Isner's work is in the obituary, which appeared in the New York Times of 3 November 2001 (see Appendix 33).

There is tragic irony in the fact that Prof. Isner, who so greatly advanced the treatment of heart disease, should have succumbed to a heart attack.

Lene Mayer nee Wiesenfelder, sister of Menachem Peled (Karl Wiesenfelder) und Ilse Schmitt, died in New York, aged over 90 years.


Hella Oscher, nee Pauson, died after a long illness in January in Tampa, Florida aged 80. I am sure many former Bambergers will remember the pretty redhead. She escaped to Britain with her parents and siblings Peter and Eva in 1939. After the War she went to the USA and married in Cincinnati. She is survived by two children and two grandchildren.

I send my condolences to all the families.


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