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Valley City in Barnes County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Herman Stern

N.D. Businessman, Community and Social Leader, Holocaust Rescuer

 
 
Herman Stern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Klinger, October 15, 2016
1. Herman Stern Marker
N.D. Businessman, Community and Social Leader, Holocaust Rescuer
Inscription. Born in Germany in 1887, Herman Stern immigrated to America in 1903, where he took work at the Straus Clothing store in Carrington. Stern later managed the Straus’ North Dakota businesses from his store in Valley City, where he lived for the remainder of his life. In addition to his businesses, charitable work and support of the Boy Scouts, Stern developed the North Dakota Winter Show. In the 1930s, with the aid of his wife Adeline and active cooperation from U.S. Senator Gerald Nye, Mr. Stern managed to bring more than 125 Jewish refugees out of Germany and into new lives in the United States. He said little in later life about rescuing so many men and women from inevitable death in the Holocaust, noting only “they did not owe me anything.” For his many achievements and contributions to the state, Stern was inducted into the Roughrider Hall of Fame in 2014.

Entered in the North Dakota Historical Marker Register 2016.

 
Erected 2016 by Barnes County Historical Society, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation. (Marker Number 001.)
 
Location. 46° 55.404′ N, 98° 0.107′ W. Marker is in Valley City, North Dakota, in Barnes County. Marker is on Valley City Memorial Park, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Across the street from the VFW, in Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 138 Main St, Valley City ND 58072, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. First roadside historical interpretive marker in North Dakota
 
Also see . . .
1. Bismarck Tribune article: "N.D. businessman saved Jews from Nazi Germany". (Submitted on November 2, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Grand Forks Herald article: "Herman Stern named recipient of Rough Rider Award". (Submitted on November 2, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2016, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 82 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 1, 2016, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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