Hans Wilhelm, Willy Adler

27 Years

Hans Wilhelm, Willy Adler was born on 1 August 1915 in Berlin. He has an older brother Friedrich (1898) and sister Helene (1899). They emigrated to the U.S.A. before the war. His mother died when Willy was 9 years old, his father died three years later.  

Willy comes as a 20-year old to the Netherlands on 17 February 1936 under pressure of the deteriorating circumstances in Germany, hoping for a better situation. In the Werkdorp he worked as a gardener. After the Werkdorp was evacuated on 20 March 1941, he was initially placed with a foster family on Dintelstraat in Amsterdam and subsequently with a foster family on Roerstraat.  

He was summoned for the first transport to Auschwitz. He evaded the summons and fled via Belgium to France, but was arrested there. He ended up in camp Drancy and from there was deported to Auschwitz. He was murdered there on 24 August 1942.



Son of

  • Fanny Adler-Königsheim * 1864 in Borgentreich † 1924 in Lüdinghausen and
  • Abraham Adler * 1852 in Lüdinghausen † 1927 in Lüdinghausen

Last address

Lüdinghausen, Mühlenstrasse 24 en Köln

Last known residences in The Netherlands

  • 13-02-1936
    Werkdorp Wieringen, Nieuwesluizerweg 42, Slootdorp (Wieringen)
  • 20-03-1941
    After the eviction of the Werkdorp deported to Amsterdam
  • 27-03-1941
    Amsterdam, Dintelstraat 56-I
  • 16-09-1941
    Amsterdam, Roerstraat 44-III
  • 24-08-1942
    Deported from Camp Drancy to Auschwitz