Individual Details

George "Georg" Turkel

(15 Mar 1905 - 1 Jun 1996)

mail of WCT 11/12/1998:

After graduating university George made several trips with groups of other graduates/students of mixed gender and religion.
These groups were headed by one of George's old teachers, Prof. Griel, who would take photo slides during these trips and earn money giving travelogues upon his return. With him George made three trips to Bulgaria visiting other places enroute at various times such as Greece (Corfu), Albania (Tirana), and Yugoslavia (Montenegro).

On the trip documented by this 1933 photograph, George (sitting center) had taken a boat trip from Vienna down the Danube through Budapest and Belgrade. Owing to low water, the group disembarked at the Bulgarian river town of Roustuch and covered the total remaining distance to Varna on the Black Sea by train- The trip took 5 days and 4 nights.

Later George worked as a newspaper journalist which entitled him to discounts on travel and accommodations. He travelled extensively returning to many of his old stops and adding new ones; he visited Italy which then was under Mussolini.

On March 13, 1938 Germany annexed Austria ("Anschluss") and all German anti-Semitic decrees immediately applied throughout Austria. However in the beginning it was quiet and people could move about freely. George was even able to continue his travels unrestricted to Berlin. About two months later be was able to leave Vienna for the USA to join Hillel, Frieda, Henry and Malvina. Very shortly thereafter Simon and his own family made the crossing.

Shortly after George arrived in USA he heard from Dr. Griel (1938/1939?) asking for help exiting Vienna. George was pained to be unable to do anything for his good friend; that was the last he heard from or of him.

Once George came to the USA he never again left this country.

Employing apartment managers from 1938 to 1960 George continued, to supervise the building from the USA. Rents were about $20 per month. George knew the building well and felt that as it was built out of brick and stone it should East another 100 years. However, recognizing the increasing difficulty, costs and risks of absentee management, Henry urged that the property be sold which finally it was in 1960.


Birth8 Mar 1905Podwoloczyska, Galicia, Austria-Hungary
Birth15 Mar 1905Podwoloczyska Jewish Birth Records - Podwoloczyska, Galicia, Austria-Hungary
ResidenceAft 1914Vienna (Wien), Austria
Immigration1925Ellis Island, New York, United States
OccupationBef 1938journalist in Berlin 1938 emigrated from Vienna to USA
MarriageBef 1940Lola (?maiden)
Military16 Oct 194012507 Linwood Ave, Detriot, Wayne, Michigan, United States
Marriage1941Anna "Annie" Halpern
Soc Sec NoBef 1951380-14-1463, Michigan
Residence1987 - 1996Oak Park, Oakland, Michigan, United States
Residence5 Apr 198724640 Chech Ave, Oak Park, MI 38237 [tel. 541-4382]
Death1 Jun 1996Oak Park, Oakland, Michigan, United States


SpouseAnna "Annie" Halpern (1912 - 2004)
ChildHarvey A Turkel (1944 - 2020)
ChildSusan Ruth Turkel (1951 - 2010)
SpouseLola (?maiden) (1905 - )
FatherHillel Turkel (1877 - 1941)
MotherFreida "Frime" Segal (1879 - 1963)
SiblingSimon Türkel (1900 - 1984)
SiblingDr. Heinrich "Henry" Türkel (1903 - 1992)
SiblingMalvina "Malwisia" Turkel (1910 - 2001)