Karl August Weichert

Male 1905 - 1949  (43 years)


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  • Name Karl August Weichert  [1
    Born 29 Aug 1905  Janiszewice, Lask, Lodz, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Citizenship 10 Jan 1922  Marienwerder, Marienwerder, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3

    • Emilie had to declare her allegiance to Prussia. She is listed as a widow with two children (August and Martha).
    Occupation 18 Nov 1930  Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Küfer [barrel maker] 
    Residence 28 May 1934  Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 01 Feb 1949  [2
    Schlosser [locksmith] 
    Religion 01 Feb 1949  [2
    evangelisch 
    Died 01 Feb 1949  Göttingen, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cemetery 07 Feb 1949  Göttingen, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Stadtfriedhof Göttingen 
    Name August Weichert  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    _FSFTID 9386-33Z 
    _FSLINK https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=9386-33Z 
    Buried 07 Feb 1949  Göttingen, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I156  Glaentzer
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2015 

    Family Theresia Glaentzer,   b. 30 Oct 1909, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1945, Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 18 Nov 1930  Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • August and Theresia married civilly on 18 Nov 1930. They married in the church 19 Mar 1932 as recorded in their Stammbaum. [2]
    Children 
     1. Käthe Weichert,   b. 10 Mar 1931, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 May 1931, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Karl August Weichert,   b. 06 Mar 1933, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Nov 2003, Auderath, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 21 May 2015 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • August Weichert was living in Köln with his family when he was drafted into the German Army for WWII. August fought in Russia [Leningrad]. His unit built temporary bridges for the panzer [tank] units. He also worked in a POW camp in Russia because he was the only person in his company that spoke fluent Russian. He also spoke fluent Polish, and of course German. Toward the end of the war, he was captured and sent to a POW camp in Poland. He was not in Russia at the time he was captured. It is not known where exactly he was. August was able to correspond back and forth with his wife by letter while in the POW camp. When word got to August that his wife Theresia had been killed, August went "crazy." He no longer knew who he was. He was in a catatonic state and could not answer questions. After the war ended and the prisoners were to be released, they did not know what to do with August because August was unable to speak to them about where his family might be. The entire time that August was in the Army and in the POW camp, he kept a picture of his wife and 3 children with him. When the officials asked him who was in the picture he could not answer. Finally, someone recognized the picture as being the family of a man that used to work at the Bayer Company. They contacted the Bayer Company and with their help they were able to locate August's son Karl. They advised Karl that his father was near death and they were sending him on a train back to Germany. August died on the train trip and Karl never saw his father alive. When he did see his father's deceased body, he said that he looked the same except his hair had turned snow white. August was buried in the Stadtfriedhof in Göttingen, section 89, grave 491 according to the sexton records. His grave was reused in Jam 1980 so he no longer has a marker [This is common practice in Germany].

      In all of the records we have, August's name is listed simply as August Weichert including his birth certificate. The cemetery had him on record has being Karl August Weichert and August's daughter Emma's baptismal record also has Karl August. It is very possibly that if we had August's baptismal record it would show a full name of Karl August Weichert.
    • (Research):His mother's Optionsurkunde has August's place of birth as Zdundka Wola, Poland.

  • Sources 
    1. [S24] Church Records - Germany - Leichlingen - St. Johannes Baptist - Baptism register, St. Johannes Baptist (Leichlingen), [Emma] Weichert (1947) tauferegister eintrag.

    2. [S2] Artifact - Stammbuch - Weichert, Karl August.

    3. [S40] Immigration and Naturalization Records - Preußen Optionsurkunden, Prueßen. Marienerder., Emilie Weichert geb. Fiege, 10 Januar 1922, Deutsche Reinstaatsangehörigkeit.

    4. [S23] Birth Records - Germany - Köln-Kalk - birth certificates, Germany. Köln-Kalk., birth certificate no. Nr, 322 (1934), Emma Weichert.

    5. [S25] Artifact - Weichert, Adolf to August Weichert letter 1939, Adolf Weichert (Heppenheim, Germany).

    6. [S30] Death Records - Germany - Köln-Lindenthal - death certificates, Germany. Köln-Lindenthal., death certificate no. 690 (1931), Käthe Weichert.


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