Son of WWII German officer explains his life as a Jew





Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger recognizes there are some inconsistencies in his life story that might make people curious.

Wollschlaeger is the son of a German tank commander who was personally decorated by Adolph Hitler during World War II. After beginning to question Germany's role in the Holocaust as a teen, Wollschlaeger later converted to Judaism and immigrated to Israel.

Now a physician living in south Florida, Wollschlaeger wrote a book about his life and speaks about what he calls the discrepancies in his biography. He will speak Tuesday at the Chandler Center for the Arts as part of the East Valley Jewish Community Center's fourth annual Holocaust remembrance. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

"I'm the son of a highly decorated German officer who went on to found a Jewish family," Wollschlaeger said. "This is a discrepancy in my biography that requires an explanation."

The events of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, in which 11 Israelis were killed, led the then-14-year-old Wollschlaeger to ask questions about the Holocaust and Germany's role in it....


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