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Louis Wilhelm Magener

Victim | 1894 | Small trader

Born in 1894 in Wilhelmsburg, District Harburg, Hannover province. In 1914 he was mobilized in Tsingtau as artillery sailor in the 4th Company. In November 1914 he was imprisoned in Osaka and moved to the Tokushima camp in December 1914 with prison number 4235. In June 1915 he was again moved to the Bando camp where he is registered with home address: Schröder-Stifts street 18, Hamburg.

Discharged in December 1919 with the option to migrate to the Netherlands East Indies and become a merchant. In 1922 he works with the Megalithic Monuments Agency in Bengkulu, Sumatra. In 1935 he is registered as merchant in Semarang. In 1940 he moves to the capital Batavia and continues his trading activities.

Interned in May 1940 and deported in January 1942 with the Van Imhoff. Drowned.

18 January 2012, exactly 70 years later, Louis’ Indonesian grandson Faisal leaves the following forum message at http://neutralocean.com/the-van-imhoff-tragedy/. "Yes it is very sad, my grandfather was also in that ship (Van Imhoff ), his name was Wilhelm Louis Magener. I am Indonesian and live in Indonesia. My mother is half German and Indonesian. Sadly i have only one picture of my lovely grandfather".

The webmaster of neutralocean responds: Faisal, wouldn't you like to share a scan of that picture on this site? Thank you!

On 15 November 2018, Matthew Wilhelm Magener mails to the vanimhoff.info site: "My father is Wilhelm Louis Magener. Faisal Heyder is my first cousin, and son of my father's youngest sister. Faisal meant to say that our grandfather, Louis Wilhelm Magener was a casualty in the Van Imhoff incident."

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