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Name: Schildwachter, Paul

Historical Note:

Paul Schildwächter was the son of Heinrich and Maria Schildwächter of Lütgendortmund.  As Paul was growing up, he and his family often enjoyed vacationing in Borkum on the Friesian Islands.

Paul served as a Lieutenant Non-Commissioned Commanding Officer in the German army during World War I.  He was in Division Brückentrain number 92 of the 22nd Infantry Division.  As Paul began serving, he was first sent to Belgium in 1914, to Poland in 1915, and then to the Ukraine during 1916, 1917, and part of 1918.  Paul returned home to Germany in late 1918.

Paul Schildwächter's father, Heinrich, was a medical doctor in Lütgendortmund in North-Rhine Westphalia, where he helped found a hospital and was held in high regard throughout the community.

Before the war, Paul attended the Land University of Giessen and the Philipps University in Marburg and obtained doctorate degrees in Law and Medicine.  Paul was made a member of the Law and State Sciences faculty at the University in Münster in 1912.  Paul was also a member of the Alemannia fraternity in Marburg, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in June 1949.

In 1948, Paul was discharged from the German military.  He then lived and worked in Münster and Vlotho, where he actively participated in a Kegel (bowling) team and was mayor of Vlotho for a time.


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