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Siegbert and Werner Wollstein were born in Berlin in 1906 and 1908, respectively. Werner was arrested in June 1938 and sent to Buchenwald for three months. The two brothers, along with their younger brother Kurt, left for Shanghai in 1938. Their father was arrested during Kristallnacht; he and his wife sailed for Shanghai in 1939. In Shanghai, Siegbert and Werner sold printing, while their brother was a photographer. They left for the United States after the war, and settled in Duluth. They still live in Minnesota.