Edward Spanier was born on April 13, 1910 in Enger, Germany to Max and Adele Spanier. On November 9, 1938, the police arrested Edward and his brother, Arnold, and cousin, Werner. The three men were taken to Buchenwald. Sometime near the end of November or beginning of December, the men were released from the camp after signing a document stating they would leave German within four weeks or be reinterned in the camp. On April 29, 1939, Edward and Arnold immigrated to the United States by way of the Netherlands. Werner was able to do the same in February 1939. Werner's brothers, Albert and Erwin had previously left Germany for the Netherlands where their sister Gertrud had moved in 1937.
Max Spanier, father of Edward, was deported to Theresienstadt in the summer of 1942 and died due to malnutrition in 1944. His wife, Adele, survived Theresienstadt and immigrated to the United States after the war, as did Amalie Spanier. Bertha Marx, sister-in-law of Amalie Spanier, was deported to Theresienstadt in the summer of 1942. She was transferred to Auschwitz on May 18, 1944 and perished there. Jonas and Helene de Vries were deported to Theresienstadt in the summer of 1942. They were transferred to Auschwitz on May 15, 1944 and both perished there.
Adele and Max Spanier