RUPEKA MARRIAGE MAKES WIDESPREAD
IN NEWSPAPERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN CANADA
Peter appeared on the
ship manifest for the USAT
Evangeline which sailed from Cristobel in the Panama Canal Zone.
the ship arrived in Tampa, FL on 22 May 1942 and was checked by
immigration the following day.
Peter's presence on the ship is not explained but he was probably
an civilian employee of a government agency in order to travel
aboard a United States Army transport ship.
Despite all the news
coverage that followed Peter Rupeka's marriage in Frankfurt in 1947,
there was little to-do when he returned to New York aboard the SS
Marine Robin on 28 September 1946 (see line 13).
Apparently he came home to be discharged and then returned to
Germany where he worked as a civilian until his marriage was
[Waukesha Daily Freeman (Waukesha,
Wisconsin) · Fri, Mar 7, 1947 · Page 1]
YANK TO WED GERMAN
FRANKFURT (UP) --- U.S.
army authorities announced today that for the first time approval
has been granted for the marriage of an American to a German girl.
Peter Rupeka of Hempstead, NY, was given a go-ahead to be married to
Erika Schaefer, 21, Frankfurt. Rupeka, 27, is a War department
employee at army headquarters here.
Winnipeg Tribune (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) · Sat, Mar 8, 1947 ·
First German-U.S. Marriage Approved|
FRANKFURT, March 8 (AP) --- The
United States army Friday gave its first official approval to a
German-American marriage. The authorization was granted Peter
Rupeka, 25, and Erika Schaefer, 21. The couple met while
sightseeing in the Frankfurt zoo in September.
Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) · Sat, Mar 8, 1947 · Page 1]
On Vet's Troth
Hempstead, March 8 --- Mrs. Helen Rupeka of 217 Fenimore Ave., in
the Uniondale section here, refused to say whether she approved of
her 27-year-old son's decision to marry a German fraulein in
Frankfurt The son is the first former American soldier to win
War Department authorization to wed a German girl.
She said her son, Peter, who was a sergeant and now is employed by
the War Department in a budgetary office in Germany, had written her
about a month ago announcing that he would bring his bride, Ericka
Schaefer, 21, home with him on May 1. The army announced
yesterday in Frankfurt it had approved the marriage.
Mrs. Rupeka, a native of Poland, speaks little English, but she
made it clear after a brief interview that she would not discuss the
"When my son comes home he will decide whether he will talk talk to
newspapers," she declared. "I will answer no more questions."
Mrs.. Rupeka lives in two rooms of a five-room bungalow she is said
to own, renting out the other three rooms. Her son said in
Frankfurt he intends to bring his wife to the bungalow.
Peter said, according to Frankfurt dispatches, he intends to be
married about March 27. His bride-to-be, he admitted, knows
little English and he is teaching her the language, but he can speak
some German. He said he hoped that "in a cosmopolitan
area like New York" people will soon forget that his wife is a
[Del Rio News
Herald (Del Rio, Texas) · Tue, Mar 11, 1947 · Page 6]
GETS PERMIT TO WED FRAULEIN|
FIRST official approval from
U.S. occupation headquarters for a German-American marriage in the
European theater has been granted to Peter Rupeka, a War department
employee from Hempstead, NY, and Ericka Schaefer of Frankfurt
Germany. The permit is effective March 26 after the 90-day
waiting period has expired. Rupeka must then leave the theater
within 340 days. Col. Mark Brislawn, who signed the
application, is at right.
[The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New
York) · Thu, Mar 27, 1947 · Page 3]
Trail. 1st to
Wed in Reich
Frankfurt, March 27 (UP) --- Peter Rupeka, civilian employee of
the army, and Erika Schaefer were married in the city registry today
in the first American-German wedding here since the war.
The registrar went through the ceremony in English and then
repeated it in German.
By army order Rupeka must leave the European Theater in 30 days. He said
he and his bride would fly to New York April 21 and live with his
mother at 217 Fenimore Ave., Hempstead, L. I.
Rupeka met his wife in Sept. 1945 while he was in the army at
Mother Refuses to Talk
About Frankfurt Wedding
Rupeka, who is 27, informed his mother, Mrs.. Helen Rupeka, in a
letter less than two months ago of his intention to marry the German
girl and bring her home.
Mrs.. Rupeka, a native of Poland, refused to discuss the matter
when questioned by reporters recently, declaring:
"When meet son comes home he will decide whether to talk to
She lives in two rooms of a five-room bungalow in the Uniondale
section of Hempstead and rents out the other rooms.
Rupeka served as a sergeant in in the army and his present civilian
post is in a budgetary office.
Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania) · Fri, Mar 28, 1947 · Page 38]
Fraulein Wedding Approved
FRANKFURT Mar. 28 --- (AP)
--- Peter Rupeka, former U.S. Army sergeant from Hempstead, New
York, married Fraulein Ericka Schaefer today in the first official
approved American-German wedding in occupied Germany since the war.
The army's ban on marriage between Americans and Germans was lifted
last December. The 27-year-old Rupeka and his 21-year-old
bride were the first to complete the involved procedure still
required for obtaining military government and State Department
sanction for their nuptials.
Military government officials in Berlin recently predicted 6,000
other Americans would follow Rupeka's lead in marrying Germans with
[The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New
York) · Fri, Mar 28, 1947 · Page 3]
Eviction Battle Looms
Over German Bride
Hempstead, March 28 --- Mrs. Stella Sebeski, 28, will fight through
the courts i necessary, she said today, any attempt to evict her
from the apartment she occupies with her mother at 217 Fenimore St.
"to male room for a German girl" and her husband, a former G.I.
A threat of evict ion came after word reached her that ex-army Sgt.
Peer Rupeka, son of Mrs. Helen Rupeka, owner of the house, had
married a German girl in Frankfurt and that they were expected to
arrive in the United States April 22. Mrs. Rupeka, who lives
in a two-room apartment in the Fenimore St. house and for the last
five years rented a four-room apartment to Mrs. Sebeski and her
mother, notified her tenants they would have to move so she would
have an apartment for her son and his bride.
Mrs. Sebeski who works by the day in homes in the neighborhood said
that even if she could find another apartment i probably would be
far from the neighborhood and her means of livelihood would be
affected. But her objection was more on principle than on the
inconvenience to her. She said:
"Things are in a fine state if a German can force two Americans to
" What will happen if hundreds and hundreds marry German girls and
bring them over here, where there isn't room to squeeze one in?
These women who were supporting their armies so strongly two years
ago, are now coming over here and putting Americans our of their
[The Troy Record (Troy, New York)
· Tue, Apr 22, 1947 · Page 6]
Soldier Gets Home
With German Bride
New York (UP) --- Peter Rupeka, 27, former U.S. Army sergeant
of Hempstead, and his German bride --- whose marriage in occupied
Germany was the first German-American union to receive an official
army blessing --- arrived by planer yesterday.
Rupeka and his blond, 22-yhear-old wife went immediately to his
mother's homer in Hempstead.
[The Norwich Sun (Norwich, New
York) · Tue, Apr 29, 1947 · Page 7]
BACK WITH BRIDE FROM GERMANY|
EX-PARATROOPER Peter Rupeka, 27, and
his German war-bride, Erika 21k, step from plane on arrival at
LaGuardia Field, N. Y. They were the first couple to wed in
Germany under new U.S. army regulations permitting marriages of GIs
and civilian workers to Germans. They will live with the
groom's parents in Hempstead, New York. (International)
[The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) · Thu, Jun 24, 1948
· Page 5]
WEDS FRAULEIN: Peter Rupeka, former U.S. Army sergeant
from Hempstead, N. Y. , and Fraulein Erika Schaefer smile as they
are married in Frankfurt, Germany, in the first officially approved
American-German wedding in occupied Germany since the war.
This photo was received in New York via radio from Frankfurt.
NOTE: Despite what
should have been a timely receipt of the photo, the news article was
published more than a year after they were married.
Naturalization index card for Erika Rupeka issued on
22 December 1949.|