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Walter Oettinger

Male 1905 - 1943  (38 years)


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  • Name Walter Oettinger 
    Born 23 May 1905  Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography Walter Oettingen, born on 23 May 1905 in Hamburg, came to the Netherlands in the Summer of 1939. At the age of 17, he was hit by polio and was therefore handicapped. He went to live with his cousin Johann Oettinger, who lived at the Stadionkade in Amsterdam. Johann Oettinger ran the N.V. Oriëntaalse Tabakshandel, established at the Oudezijds Voorburgwal. Johann and his wife took their own lives on 16 May 1940. 

Walter Oettinger subsequently went to live with Hans Oettinger in the Schubertstraat and later with Herbert Oettinger in the Michelangelostraat. He found a hiding place in the Beethovenstraat 146 in Amsterdam. After five days in his shelter, his host, the later film maker Louis van Gasteren, shattered his skull. The body was dumped in a crate in a ditch. 

Louis van Gasteren was located and condemned in June 1944 for manslaughter. After the war, he claimed it had been a resistance act: Walter Oettinger had threatened to betray the business, which posed a danger for the resistance. In consultation with resistance activists, it had been decided to eliminate Walter Oettinger. 

Early 1990, the reporter Bart Middelburg wrote a few articles on this subject in Het Parool. In his view, it could not have been a resistance act, but rather a simple robbery with murder. A legal trial ensued, which was won by Van Gasteren. Het Parool was forced to pay him compensation.

In 2003, it was the subject of another trial due to a publication by Pamela Hemelrijk. According to the court there was no convincing proof that it had been a resistance act "while various circumstances may point in a different direction, or are at least difficult to reconcile therewith". Because the available evidence did not univocally point at a resistance act, Hemelrijk could not be denied the right to express her doubts.
M. van der Valk, 'Wordt vervolgd', in: Nieuw Israëlietisch Weekblad, 1 August 2003
    Walter Oettinger had two sisters and a brother. 
    Hebrew Birth 18 Iya 5665 
    Holocaust Victim
    Immigration 1939  Amsterdam, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hebrew Death 19 Iya 5703 
    Residence Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Koninginneweg 140 huis
    Died 24 May 1943  Amsterdam, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I15076  Blank Family
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2010 

    Father Ernest Oettinger,   b. 2 Jun 1867, Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown  
    Mother Erna Levy,   b. 13 Sep 1880, Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown  
    Family ID F10800  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 May 1905 - Hamburg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1939 - Amsterdam, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Hamburg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Amsterdam, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 May 1943 - Amsterdam, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
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  • Holocaust Records
    Pages of Testimony of Walter Oettinger
    Pages of Testimony of Walter Oettinger
    Pages of Testimony of Walter Oettinger 2
    Pages of Testimony of Walter Oettinger 2
    Oettinger Stolpersteine
    Oettinger Stolpersteine


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