Wilm Hosenfeld

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Wilm Hosenfeld
Birth nameWilhelm Adalbert Hosenfeld
Born(1895-05-02)2 May 1895
Mackenzell, Prussia, German Empire
Died13 August 1952(1952-08-13) (aged 57)
Stalingrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance German Empire
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch German Empire Army
 Nazi Germany Army
Years of service1914–1917
1939–1945
RankHauptmann
UnitGuard Battalion 660
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsOrder 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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