Seeking info on Wolfgang KLAPPHOLZ #germany #holocaust

Myra Fournier

Wolfgang KLAPPHOLZ  (born on March 5, 1934 in Magdeburg, Germany) was the son of my uncle Alfred KLAPPHOLZ (born on Oct 18, 1909) and Ilse JORDAN (born on June 19, 1916). Alfred and Ilse divorced about 1943, and because Ilse was not Jewish, she left Wolfgang with Alfred to try to make a new life for herself. Alfred KLAPPHOLZ and his second wife (or companion) Else LECKER (born on April 12, 1912) died in 1944 in a concentration camp. Wolfgang was put in a local orphanage in Magdeburg (I do not know the name) and Ilse visited him occasionally. She finally lost interest in reuniting with him and did not see him again as far as I know. As late as January, 1947 Wolfgang was found living with foster parents Gustav DEHNE and his wife in Magdeburg. Wolfgang was visited in the DEHNE home by his relative Erwin SCHLEIN (and wife), who once was thought would take Wolfgang, but didn’t. HIAS Berlin and the Dutch Red Cross were involved in locating Wolfgang in 1947. They had also been in contact with Wolfgang’s grandmother Johanna (nee SCHLEIN) KLAPPHOLZ in the U.S., but she died in April, 1947. I have contacted various agencies and organizations, but am at a dead end.
Myra Fournier


Dear Myra,
I would start to search in Magdeburg conacting the local heritage union
or search for stumblestone
If that don´t work, try a request at the city museum or the city archive
Best regards
Wolfgang Fritzsche, prof. genealogist, Germany (Mainz/Wiesbaden area)

Simon Srebrny

OMG, Myra, I corresponded with your mother and met her and her second husband in Berlin several (many) years ago! We are not quite related. I could explain. I shall think hard about how to find your lost cousin. Regards, Simon Srebrny    srebrny@...

Simon Srebrny