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Antoinette Flegenheim

Antoinette Flegenheim
Antoinette Flegenheim

Mrs Antoinette Flegenheim (Berta Antonia Maria Wendt)1, 48, was born in Himmelpfort near Berlin, Germany on 11 May 1863. She came to New York City in 1890 and that year married Alfred Flegenheimer. They had no children.

Alfred Flegenheimer died in Manhattan on 23 November 19072.

A wealthy socialite she lived in Manhattan and Berlin-Charlottenburg (Windscheidstr. 41). She travel back and forth between these two cities several times. Mrs Flegenheim boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number PC 17598, £31, 13s, 8d). She was rescued in lifeboat 7.

On 20 June 1912, she married Paul Elliot White-Hurst in Buffalo, New York. Mr White-Hurst was a British subject.

Both lived in England and during world war one.  Antoinette was living in The Hague, The Netherlands probably divorced from her second husband.

After the war she went to Munich, Germany (Nibelungenstr. 90 – now Arnulfstr. 300).

She died in Frankfurt am Main on 8 April 1943.  She is buried, as Antoinette White Hurst, in Hauptfriedhof Frankfurt am Main, Stadtkreis Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany, the grave has since been removed.


1. Her husband's name appears to have been "Flegenheimer" but she generally used the shortened version of the name.
2. His body was placed in a "holding vault" at Salem Fields Cemetery until 21 January 1908 when it was shipped to Germany for burial

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Antoinette Flegenheim (née Wendt)
Age: 48 years 11 months and 4 days (Female)
Nationality: German American
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17598, £31 13s 8d
Rescued (boat 7)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Thursday 8th April 1943 aged 79 years
Buried: Frankfurt Hauptfriedhof, Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany

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Research Articles

Gerhard Schmidt-Grillmeier Titanica! (2012) Antoinette Flegenheim - First Class Passenger on the Titanic
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Gerhard Schmidt-Grillmeier Titanica! (2016) Further On the trail of Mrs Flegenheim
Further research on Antoinette Flegenheim(er) first class passenger on the Titanic.

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Officers of the Titanic Taken from the Carpathia Secretly by Third Class Passengers' Gangway


Berliner Lokalanzeiger Photograph of Antoinette Flegenheim
Only known portrait of the Titanic Survivor


Michael Poirier Mrs. Flegenheimer overview
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  1. Jeffrey M. Kern

    Jeffrey M. Kern said:

    Has anybody figured out Mrs Flegenheim's maiden name? Much thanks to those that know.

  2. Gavin Bell

    Gavin Bell said:

    Does anyone know Antoinette's age in 1912 or what became of her? Thanks Cameron

  3. Jeffrey M. Kern

    Jeffrey M. Kern said:

    I saw listed in some book that her age was 47. I was told by Phillip Gowan that it is believed she died in Europe as a Mrs White Hurst or Whitehurst. Hopefully somebody has learned more now.

  4. Jaques

    Jaques said:

    Wasn't she the friend of Leo and Blanche Greenfield?

  5. Jeffrey M. Kern

    Jeffrey M. Kern said:

    That is a good question. She was probably friends with Mrs Ryerson, a fellow Philadelphia passenger. Mrs Flegenheim was from Philadelphia, although she did not give out her address and refused to be interviewed.

  6. Michael Findlay

    Michael Findlay said:

    Dear Jeffrey and others, Charles Haas, John Eaton and myself learned in 1985 that Mrs. Flegenheim was Mrs. P. E. White-Hurst in 1913. By the time she filed her claim against the White Star Line, she had evidently remarried and was living back in Europe. Mrs. Flegenheim was a friend of Mrs. Greenfield, but I know of no connection between she and Mrs. Ryerson. Mrs. Flegenheim lived in Philadelphia for a time but lived mainly in New York City and Europe. I'm sorry to say that I don't know what became of Antoinette Flegenheim after the disaster. Descendants of the Greenfield family... Read full post

  7. Jeffrey M. Kern

    Jeffrey M. Kern said:

    Thank you for the information. I wish you guys the best in tracking her down even further!

  8. Brian Ahern

    Brian Ahern said:

    Has anyone ever been able to dig up more info on the elusive Mrs. F? All I know is what's on this site - that she was a wealthy widow in her late forties who had immigrated from Germany with her husband while in her twenties, that she divided her time between Europe and the USA, was friends with the Greenfields, and married an Englishman named White-Hurst in late 1912. Threads have been started on this topic a few times over the years. At one point, valiant researchers even went so far as to scour the names of World War II concentration camp prisoners on the supposition that she was Jewish... Read full post

  9. Randy Bryan Bigham

    Randy Bryan Bigham said:

    Daniel Klistorner has info on this lady as, of course, does Phil Gowan and Brian Meister. Daniel shared her White Star Line claim with me, so I can tell you she had some fine clothes and jewelry with her on Titanic!

  10. Brian Ahern

    Brian Ahern said:

    Thanks, Randy. That's something at least. And it's not surprising that she treated herself to the finer things. I have the impression (albeit based on very little) that she was someone who got out and about and enjoyed life. I suppose the others are saving what they know for the book, which is fair enough. Thanks again, Brian

  11. Sally Sorour

    Sally Sorour said:

    Brian , when will this book come out and where can I get a copy?

  12. Brian Ahern

    Brian Ahern said:

    Sorry to get your hopes up Sally. I meant that there are those on this site who have much as-yet-unrecorded info on various passengers - including, perhaps, Antoinette Flegenheim - who have a book in the works that won't be coming out for a long while. The rest of us just have to sit tight, which ain't easy! All the best, Brian

  13. Phillip Gowan

    Phillip Gowan said:

    Brian and Sally, Estimating a date of publication isn't really a cut and dry deal. We actually have plenty of never before made public information, photos, etc. and could go ahead and publish very quickly. But the dilemma is that we keep finding new (and sometimes important) information and documentation on a regular basis and that sort of keeps us continuing on in the research mode. Having retired slightly over a year ago, I spent this year traveling extensively on several continents and meeting unusual Titanic families in remote places (sometimes even traveling through mountain snowstorms... Read full post

  14. Gerhard Schmidt

    Gerhard Schmidt said:

    Flegenheim(er) Antoinette, née Liche, later remarried Whitehurst, was the only passenger from Berlin, Germany. There she was born in May 1871. In the Berlin address books of this time I found several Liches but no indication which would have been her father. In 1891 and also in Berlin she married Alfred Flegenheimer (probably from Frankfurt/Main) and they went to New York City in 1892. They had no children. The mother of Mr Flegenheimer lived in Berlin, Regentenstrasse 2. He had a brother Hermann Flegenheimer (born 1878 in Frankfurt/Main) who was in film business (according to an exhibition... Read full post

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