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Last Tsingtau veteran

Post by Peter H » 27 Jul 2006 06:54

Seesoldat Paul Kley(1894-1992) was the last surviving German Tsingtau veteran passing away in 1992.

Kley arrived in the colony in 1913 and was captured in 1914.He suffered a wound to his right arm during the campaign.Released in 1919 Kley became a policeman in Germany.He was imprisoned by the Soviets in Siberia after 1945,one source stating for 5 years.Kley visited Japan in the 1980s and toured his old POW camp at Bando.

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Siberia?

Post by Fallschirmjäger » 27 Jul 2006 09:34

Why siberia for being a policeman?,he was not in the army?,how old would have he been then,and 1992,so close to 100 nearly aswell.

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Post by Peter H » 27 Jul 2006 11:33

Actually this Japanese link states he served 9 years in Siberia,released in 1956.To be among the last Germans released in 1956 suggests the Soviets viewed him as a "war criminal":

http://furyokenkyu.hp.infoseek.co.jp/matsuo2.htm

It also states Kley visited Osaka in 1970.

His WW2 service seems hazy but it appears he had a police role in Poland and fought at the front in 1945.Many German civilians also ended up in the USSR as forced labor after the war so his position isn't unique.

Freiwilliger Helmut Schulze(1894-?) the second last Tsingtau veteran originally resided in the German Concession at Tientsin and lived in Japan the rest of his life after his release.

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Thanks

Post by Fallschirmjäger » 29 Jul 2006 01:11

thanks for the info Peter H,thats a long time yes many where kept there to 1955 i think it was there chancellor who got them back,but 56 thats late,they even said some where still there longer ive herd,thanks.

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Post by cj » 30 Jul 2006 00:36

does anyone know if there are any vetrans of the schutztruppe still alive, or anyone from the African campaigns still living?

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Real old

Post by Fallschirmjäger » 01 Aug 2006 03:32

cj wrote:does anyone know if there are any vetrans of the schutztruppe still alive, or anyone from the African campaigns still living?
If so they have to be in there 90's or 100+ at least im shure.

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Post by Auseklis » 19 Sep 2006 15:51

The last surviving German soldier from the african campaigns was Ibrahim Sol Khalil, who died age 105 in 2000.

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Post by cj » 20 Sep 2006 00:39

do you know where I can find some info on him? I googled it but only got gobblty-gook. Which side did he fight for? What battles was he in? where was he originally from? where did he live after the war?

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Post by Auseklis » 20 Sep 2006 01:02

I just googled him too.

But I have to admit that I remembered to have seen him on TV a few years before he died.
As I sayed GERMAN SOLDIER, that pretty clearly defines which side he fought for. He belonged to Lettow-Vorbeck's force.
He was an Askari and origniated from Tanganika, where he also stayed after the war.

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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 20 Sep 2006 03:26

I fought it may have been a german person who survived last,as did not think people in africa lived that long with all the disease,wars etc..like he mus thave past the average living age for men in that country maybe?.

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Post by Auseklis » 20 Sep 2006 08:08

Are you kidding? With all the junk-food we are consuming in the western-world?

East-Africa is not so bad, there are as much people reaching age 100 than elsewhere.

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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 21 Sep 2006 06:48

There are?,i fought that was japan and europe realy for longevity.

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