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Wilm Hosenfeld
Birth name Wilhelm Adalbert Hosenfeld
Born (1895-05-02)2 May 1895
Mackenzell, Prussia, German Empire
Died 13 August 1952(1952-08-13) (aged 57)
Stalingrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance  German Empire
 Nazi Germany
Branch  German Empire Army
 Nazi Germany Army
Years of service 1914–1917
1939–1945
Rank Hauptmann
Unit Guard Battalion 660
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Order of Polonia Restituta (posthumous)
Righteous Among the Nations

Wilhelm Adalbert Hosenfeld (German pronunciation: [ˈvɪlm ˈhoːzənfɛlt]; 2 May 1895 – 13 August 1952) was a German Army officer who by the end of the Second World War was promoted to Hauptmann (Captain).

He helped to hide or rescue several Polish people, including Jews, in Nazi-German occupied Poland, and helped Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman to survive, hidden, in the ruins of Warsaw during the last months of 1944.

In October 2007, Hosenfeld was honored by the president of Poland Lech Kaczyński with a Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.


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