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1970 - 2002

Walter Israel


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Name in US
Walter Meyer Israel
Name at Birth
Walter Meyer Israel (Meyer Israel ben Yitzhak)
Date of Birth - Note
June 15, 1917
Country of Birth
City of Birth
Sibling(s) Name(s)

Margaretha Dorathea (Margie) Israel (Rudolph Carl Strauss)
January 29, 1915, Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany – November 9, 1996, Los Angeles

Herbert Alfred Israel
April 20, 1919, Hannover, Germany – 1943, Poland (Holocaust death)

Spouse(s) Name(s)

Jantje (Jeane) Middendorp
(September 30, 1916, Wolvega, Netherlands – December 13, 2008, Anniston)
Married July 5, 1951 in New Orleans

Religious Identity (Prewar)
Liberal Judaism
Religious Identity (Postwar)
Reform Judaism
Hiding or Living under False Identity (Location/Year)
Other Experiences

USC Shoah Foundation Interview #30203
Used false name during war: Wim Immen

Year / City / Ship to US
January 19, 1949 / Houston, Texas / SS Alblasserdijk
Date Moved to Alabama
Alabama City of Residence
Date of Death
August 13, 2002
City of Death
City of Burial / Cemetery
Anniston / Temple Beth-El Congregational Cemetery
Dates Lived in Alabama