Memorable Manitobans: Rudolf Sternschein (1899-1961)
Born at Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1899, he became an industrialist operating linen and jute factories at Arnau and Pernsdorf. He was also a Member of Parliament (1928-1938) and Mayor of the city of Budweis. Following the invasion of his country by Nazi Germany in March 1939, he was placed in the Dachau Concentration Camp from which he escaped and, in July 1940, came to Canada and settled at Winnipeg. He worked as a chemist and wrote many letters to the editors of Winnipeg newspapers. He ran three times for a seat on the Winnipeg City Council, in 1958, 1959, and 1960, being unsuccessful each time. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital, following an automobile accident near Dacotah, on 7 September 1961 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.
“Once a millionaire, city chemist killed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 1961.
“His name familiar to readers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 September 1961.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 March 2023