Alfred Nis Wilhelm Lorenzen

Victim | 18 March 1900 | Sinologist

Alfred Nis Wilhelm  LorenzenBorn on 18 March 1900 in Altona, Germany.

Became a professional sinologist in Kabanjahe, Medan.

Alfred had a working contract for 5 years with the NEI government for services as accountant with the tax authority in particular to monitor Chinese bookkeeping documents. NEI authorities dissolved the contract in 1938 and left some payments outstanding. Alfred then sued the State and claimed contractual and overdue payments in court which were granted (ref: Deli Courant article below).

In 1940 Alfred Lorenzen was not directly imprisoned during operation "Berlijn". Apparently he was hospitalized in the mental hospital in Koetaradja. From there he was directly transported to Sibolga in January 1942 and deported with the Van Imhoff. He drowned at sea.

NOTE: Family photos and information in this entry are made available by Katja and Harmen Reichert, granddaughter and grandson of Alfred Lorenzen. Copyright of these materials rests with the Reichert family @ 2021.

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Currently (2023), Bernhard Köster is preparing an extensive biography of Alfred Lorenzen. A preview from his hand can be viewed in this article. Source: Der Neue Akademische Bote aus Wandsbek, December 2022

NEI employment record
Court case article
Deli Courant, 13 April 1938

Family picture.Far right, in white suit: Alfred Nis Wilhelm Lorenzen ("Nis").To his right, partner Catharina Constance Helena Statius Muller. Leaning with her head to Nis' knee: baby Louise Charlotte who became the mother of Katja and Harmen Reichert who started to explore their family history

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