Searching for Krausz, Monroe or Schulhoff from Cuba, Romania, Hungary, Germany, France or UK

This page is dedicated to Eugene Schulhoff and finding family from the Schulhoff / Krausz / Monroe families that may have been lost during World War II. Below name variations are mentioned to bridge differences between languages. Further below is a short history of events and photos. If you would like to send a message to the family, please use the contact form below.

We are currently searching for descendants of Aladar Schulhoff and Iolana Lederer Kantor. They are rumored to have been divorced but may have had children. 

Taken in Eastern Europe: Eugene Igancz Krausz Schulhoff

Other possible first and middle name variations: Eugenio (Spanish) , Jeno or Geno (Hungarian), EUGEN, Eugene, Ignatz (Eastern European), Ignancio (Spanish), Ignac , IGNÁC , Ignatius
Other possible last name variations: Kraus Krause Krauss Krausz Monroe Munro Kairuz Schulhoff, Schulhof
Brother and nephew: George / Jorge, Pedro / Peter, Salvador

Eugene (his first name later changed to Eugenio or Eugene) was born on 7/10/1904 or 7/13/1904 , 10-July-1904 / 13-July-1904, in a city named Deta (Deta (Hungarian: Detta, German: Detta) is a town in Timis County / Banat, in western Romania. (The Banat area is sometimes considered to be part of the Transylvania region.) which in 1904 was part of Austrian-Hungarian empire. It later became part of Romania, and continues to be so today. Eugene had two known brothers (one of which we know was named Peter and the other George). His father’s first name was ISIDOR (or possibly: ISIDORE or ISIDORO or TEODORO or TEODOR (in English: Theodore) and his mother’s maiden name was SIDONIA (could be her first name and name may have been translated into Spanish). Ignacz Krausz was a highly intelligent man, capable of speaking seven languages – this lead him later to teach foreign languages in universities. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Budapest or Bucharest. Eugene upon World War II, fled his country after his brother was shot by the Nazis. His brother had wrote anti-Nazi material and death was the consequence – he was shot in the family’s backyard. It is interesting to note that Eugene helped many families escape capture by the Nazi’s. It has been mentioned in our family he participated in some underground network to help these people during World War II translate and avoid deportation.

He supposedly changed his last name to Krausz from Schulhoff and then Monroe (possibly to avoid drawing attention to himself while escaping?) He traveled to Czech Republic (Prague), France and England (UK) and lived briefly in each country. He may have traveled to other countries as well. He later decided to move to Cuba sometime between 1940-1948 – (we assume perhaps because he wasn’t able to enter the US) – where he became a professor at the University Of Havana. Eugene was also member of the Masonic Lodge of Havana and possibly others. He married Idia (shown below) on 12/17/1949 and had a daughter Beatriz who was born on 7/7/1951.

Eating Dinner: Idia Zerquera & Ignacz Schulhoff Krausz Monroe in Cuba

Eugene’s Brother George  also moved to Cuba but may have died of old age. He had children named Peter (Pedro) Krausz (deceased), Salvador (living in Cuba) and daughter named Mirtha (deceased in New Jersey, US). 

With Cuba becoming politically unstable – A decision was made to move to America in the 1960’s. Beatriz was able to come to America with her mother Idia. However, Eugene died in a surgery shortly before their departure.

This page was created in the hopes of finding lost family and ancestors.  Nor is it known if Eugene had any other siblings who may have survived the Holocaust.

UPDATE: 2/1/2009:Eugene may have had another family as some of Idia’s papers refer to him being divorced in her marriage certificate. If you suspect you may have a connection to this person or anyone mentioned here, please contact me.

UPDATE: 7/20/2010: Upon requesting Eugene’s birth certificate from the Romanian consulate with his Krausz last name, we were informed that his original name was Schulhoff. His birth certificate reads his name as Ignácz Jeno Schulhoff, and his birth date shows the 13th of July instead of the 10th as originally thought. This name was once mentioned by Idia before passing away as his original name.

UPDATE: 7/26/2010: A Nazi claims tribunal lists a Ernestine Krausz married to a Ignacz Krausz in Vienna, Austria. A contact will be made to the Austrian Embassy to see if a marriage certificate can be requested.

UPDATE: Summer 2015: Missing family was found in Cuba. Salvador Schulhoff, son of George Schulhoff, Eugene’s brother

Salvador Schulhoff

UPDATE: 10/14/2018: Jeno may have been involved with the Central Israelita de Cuba and may have helped Jews escape Europe with an affiliation to this organization.

Do you think you are related? Or do you think your family may have been helped by a Krausz/Schulhoff family member? Please feel free to send a message and use the contact form below to send a message.

Havana Fort fills the background

Family Photo

Eating Dinner: Idia Zerquera & Ignacz Schulhoff Krausz Monroe in Cuba

Taken in Eastern Europe: Eugene Igancz Krausz Schulhoff

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4 Responses to Searching for Krausz, Monroe or Schulhoff from Cuba, Romania, Hungary, Germany, France or UK

  1. jav100 says:

    Hi Alejandro,

    Thanks for the comment – interesting that your grandfather’s name included Sandor. My grandfather’s parent’s name included a Sandor (not sure if that was his mom’s side or father’s).

    My grandfather had a two brothers we know of, once was killed in Europe because he was a journalist who wrote anti nazi material. The other brother and him immigrated to Cuba. We have lost contact with his brother, and now, more importantly, his son.

    Please ask your father if any of these sounds remotely familiar.

  2. jav100 says:

    I should also add that in my grand parents marriage certificate it mentions he was divorced, so he may have had another family in Europe before coming to Cuba. We do not know any details of this.

  3. SK says:


    My grandfather’s name was Fritz Krausz. He arrived in Santiago, Dominican Republic in the early 1940’s with his wife (my grandmother).
    Some coincidences, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Santiago, DR, and also spoke 7 languages.
    He son (my father) still lives in the DR, as do I an 2 of my siblings.

    • jav100 says:

      Hi thanks for the comment. Your family history sounds very similar to that of mine. Can you show your father this website to see if there is any connection?

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