In remembering the Holocaust, North Carolinians may feel a special poignancy in knowing that one victim was born in our very own Jewish community.

In 1881 Therese Sternglanz was born in Tarboro.  Her parents, David and Sary, had settled in Tarboro in 1878 to open a store, joining a Jewish community of 100.  Times were hard after Reconstruction, and the store failed. The Sternglanzes made the fateful decision to return to their native village in Bavaria.  In 1941 Therese was living in Munich, a divorced single woman, her daughter and son in law having fled Nazi Germany. She was sent on a transport to the east.  Holocaust directories list her as “disappeared,” a North Carolina-born victim of the Holocaust.