Webcast: Holocaust Learn and Remember with Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger


On Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. in the Central Library Auditorium, San Antonio Public Library will close this year’s Learn & Remember programming with a presentation by keynote speaker and author Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger. Wollschlaeger will discuss his book A German Life: Against All Odds Change is Possible. The story describes his struggle growing up in Germany in the shadow of his father, a WWII German military officer. Dr. Wollschlaeger eventually converted to Judaism, immigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a medical officer. The community is invited to hear his powerful and personal story. Watch live at http://nowcastsa.com/blogs/webcast-holocaust-learn-and-remember-dr-bernd-wollschlaeger.

May 30 in San Antonio history…

A disastrous fire broke out in the A.H. Shafer plumbing and electrical establishment, 125 W. Commerce Street, shortly after 7 p.m. this evening which resulted in a loss of nearly $40,000.  The flames also reached the Bon Ton millinery next door and the hall above the Bon Ton occupied by the San Antonio Lodge No. 215, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Commissioners Court vetoed the idea of a bond issue to erect a coliseum and Commissioner Bob Uhr said he could see no sense in putting a lot of sheep and cattle in a large building for livestock shows.

Edgewood High School students tearfully say goodbye to their old school on the last day of classes.  The school is closing after 63 years and will reopen as a fine arts and communications magnet school this fall.

May 29 in San Antonio history…

Officer Frederick Fieldstrup is the first recorded San Antonio Police Officer in San Antonio to die in the line of duty. He is killed on the corner of Market Street and Alamo Street in a shoot-out with Bill Hart, a notorious gambler, and two of his companions. Hart and his two companions were also killed along with Fieldstrup.

Salem Binladen, half-brother to Osama, dies when his ultralight aircraft hits some powerlines and crashes in Schertz.

Paul McCartney brings his “New World Tour” concert to San Antonio.  44, 468 fans see the former Beatle in the first event ever held in the Alamodome.

May 28 in San Antonio history…

Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, comes to San Antonio for an airshow and a reunion of his WWII 357th Fighter Group squadron.

James McMurtry, singer, songwriter and son of novelist Larry McMurtry, performs at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes.

May 27 in San Antonio history…

Frank Penicka was driving his car more comfortably today, after a Ft. Hood demolition team removed a 75-mm high explosive shell head from his car.  He spotted the bright object along the road, put it in his car trunk and drove to the Courthouse where the deputies identified it as a live shell.

This morning, 18 year-old Raymond Johnson of 7121 Gulf Trail awoke to find that a thief had stolen his 1964 Chevrolet. Johnson, an employee of the Reptile House at the San Antonio Zoo, had three diamondback rattlesnakes and seven iguanas in sacks in the back seat of the car.  “I don’t care much about the car, but I don’t want to get sued by someone bitten by a rattlesnake,” he said, adding that the reptiles would be very hungry by this time.

Ray Charles plays Randy’s Rodeo on Bandera Road.


May 26 in San Antonio history…

The velocipede (bicycle) makes its first appearance in San Antonio.

The roof of the steeple at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has been finished.  It is the highest and finest spire in the city.  A little work about the base of the slate roof yet remains to be done.

San Antonio resident, Jimmie Rodgers, “The Singing Brakeman” dies at the Taft Hotel in New York.

May 25 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1916
The era of the all-volunteer British Army ends as universal conscription takes effect requiring all eligible British men between the ages of 19 and 40 to report, excluding men working in agriculture, mining or the railroads.

The city limits are fixed at “one league in every direction from the city [San Fernando] church.”

A city ordinance is passed: “Any person or persons desiring to sell ice cream, candy, popcorn, peanuts and other article of merchandise in San Pedro Park shall apply to the City Clerk for a privilege to sell said articles in said park; an the said clerk upon the filing of said application with him, shall issue to such person or persons such privilege upon the payment by such person or persons to the City Clerk the sum of Five ($5.00) Dollars per month for each and every month that said occupation is pursued in said San Pedro Park.”

Miss America, Terry Anne Meeusen, formerly Miss Wisconsin (right), makes appearances at local Handy Andy stores located at 8505 Blanco Road, McCreeless Shopping Center and 3711 Colony Drive.


May 24 in San Antonio history…

Two thousand trees, bearing markers in memory of veterans, will be planted in Bexar County along Highway 3-A, which connects the Alamo and San Jacinto battlefield near Houston.

The rerouting and consolidation of all but seven of the San Antonio Public Service Co. bus lines was begun.

Fifteen truckloads of oil, each carrying 175 barrels, arrived at the City Public Service Board’s Sommers plant late last night.  Spokesman Jerry Spengler said emergency shipments of much-needed fuel oil will be coming in regularly from various companies and will hopefully offer “some relief” to the city as it wrestles with its energy crisis.

May 23 in San Antonio history…

Announcement was made of the purchase of the San Antonio Light newspaper by William Randolph Hearst, 11 days after actual transfer of corporate stock.

San Antonio is on day two of energy conservation measures due to the city’s natural gas supplier cutting gas flow to one-third of the usual capacity. The Tower of the Americas, City Hall and the National Bank of Commerce building were among the many landmarks last night that were dark.

The San Antonio Riders play their final game and lose to Sacramento, 27-21, in front of 19,273 fans in San Marcos’s Bobcat Stadium.

May 22 in San Antonio history…

Burdett Green received a commission from Mayor Pascall making him the second negro police officer on San Antonio’s force.

From a sick bed in the St. Anthony Hotel, Porter Adams, president of the National Aeronautical Association announced a reception and $25,000 was awaiting Charles A. Lindbergh when the flyer arrives back in the U.S.

Fiesta Texas amusement park opens in northwest San Antonio.


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