Eugene Adler with family in 1932 (date handwritten on back). Eugene's wife was Alice Bloch (b. Hegenheim (Haut-Rhin), France (Alsace) 25 January 1890). Their daughter, Simone, was born in Liestal, Switzerland, a suburb of Basel (18 Aug 1920). The son, Arthur, was born in Rexingen, Alsace (15 August 1922). Eugene served the synagogue in Sarreguemines from 26 May 1929 until 1 Sep 1939.
The Yad VaShem database contains a record indicating that Eugene and Alice, along with Simone, were on Transport #42 from Drancy to Auschwitz, which left France on 6 Nov 1942. There is no record of Arthur on that transport; however in Sarreguemines there is a memorial tablet for all four Adlers indicating 1942 as the year of death. The family departed Sarreguemines in 1939, and was apparently deported in 1941 to Jarnac (Charente).
This photo was in the possession of Selma Adler. As with other "casual" images, one can only wonder who took this and how the developed print ended up in their possession. For this image to have made it to the United States, it had to have been transferred from Eugene's possession to Hugo prior to 1939.
Were it not for the research of Dr. Sophie Fetthauer, we would actually have known very little about Eugene's fate and that of his family. Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Fetthauer of the University of Hamburg, for establishing most of this information as part of her research on musicians who were exiled or killed during the Nazi era. Articles on both Hugo and Eugene Adler will appear in the forthcoming, Das Lexikon verfolgter Musiker und Musikerinnen der NS-Zeit
There is a collection of beautiful photographs of the Hegenheim Jewish Cemetery, Alice Bloch's birthplace, by Vicent de Groot, which can be found here: http://www.photo-vinc.com/Galleries/travel/Hegenheim/index.htm?page=1 [ArcAdler 006]