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Walter Karl Wilhelm Sauerland

Victim | 1890 | Auctioneer / merchant

Walter Karl Wilhelm  SauerlandWalter Sauerland was born in Oldendorf (Braunschweig). During or just after first World War he went to China and ended up in Java. In Semarang he married Adrienne Eugenie Suzanna Mehlbaum (Jenny), a Dutch national. Their address in Semarang was Mritjan no.2. On 21 August 21, 1924 their first and only child was born: Mathilde Sauerland.

Walter followed the developments in Germany with growing disappointment. As German national, he wanted to completely distance himself from the Nazi movement and applied for full Dutch citizenship in the NEI. This was in principle approved also because his wife was Dutch but the application had to be endorsed by queen Wilhelmina in The Netherlands which was practically impossible to arrange in 1943. Walter was arrested despite his protest. The application itself did not save him.

He sent several pictures and postcards from his internment camps Onrust and Kota Tjané. Several documents ended up in Bremen and are currently being traced for publication on this site.

The above information was kindly provided by Walter's great granddaughter Inge Delissen in The Netherlands.

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