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Rescue of a Jew

Anyone who takes von Luckner’s book “From 70 years of age” (in German: Aus 70 Lebensjahren” in his hands, will find a chapter here, which stands under the heading “Frieda Schäfer”. It describes an adventure of the Count of a very special kind, a story that one wants to dismiss (too) quickly as a fable too curious and it appears one. But looking closer and more in-depth research reveals an amazing story that really happened and clearly characterizes the personality of Felix Count von Luckner. Often the “Sea Devil” did not think long about the possible consequences of his actions, we mean the consequences his actions could meet him HIM personally. Just imagine what von Luckner would have done of the following would have come out …, … well, just read yourself, and you’ll be able to imagine the danger von Luckner was in.

Source of the article (only in German) as follows:

Five Trees in Israes

“Who only save ones’ life, will save the world!”

by Michael Buschow

Luckner als Retter einer Jüdin

In the wood “Thomas Mann” in Israel they planted five trees for Felix Count von Luckner as “Savior of a Jew”.

There are people who are always controversial.One of these people is Felix Graf von Luckner, known as the “Sea Devil”, who went on a pirate ship in the First World War with his sailing ship “Sea Eagle”.

This man was carved exactly from the wood, which offered idols and heroes 1918 to the German people, who were thirsting for role models. Of course, Luckner also liked in the role of acclaimed, well-traveled gentleman sea heroes and last but not least he made a living thanks to its popularity in the form of books, autograph cards and lectures.

As a celebrity, by 1933 at the latest, in the so-called “millennium kingdom”, he would sooner or later come into direct contact with the brown rulers, who, as is known, liked to surround themselves with “heroes” from war, sport and culture. Hardly a German could escape the Nazi state. It was for many to adapt, only to be left alone.

No, Felix Graf Luckner was not a “saint” at all, nor a resistance fighter and one could accuse him as well as others of the temporary proximity to persons of the Nazi regime. But all his life he often acted spontaneously, sometimes with naive naivety and without paying attention to negative consequences. He was just like that and was basically always who he once was – a simple and helpful sailor “in front of the mast” on a windjammer – a comrade.

A typical event for Luckner, if not quite significant, took place at the end of 1943 in bombed Berlin. Read the full story (in German language) by clicking here

Luckner - Rettung einer Jüdin

Felix Count von Luckner – the life-saver