Full name: Wolfgang Alexander Kittel
Born: November 11, 1899 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: February 27, 1967 in Bad Homburg vor der HÃ¶he, Hessen, Germany
Affiliations: Berliner Schlittschuhclub, Berlin (GER)
Sport: Ice Hockey
Wolfgang Kittel earned two international caps and was 1928 German Champion with Berliner SC. He was on the German team at St. Moritz in 1928, although there is some debate as to whether Kittel was a substitute or played in the game against Austria. In 1927 he was a member of the German team that won bronze at the European Championships.
Kittel lived a very eventful life. He attended a military school at Innsbruck and served in the Austrian Army in the battle of Isonzo. After the war, he joined a paramilitary Freikorps in the Baltic states. He studied at the Technical Universities of MÃ¼nchen and Wien (Vienna) but without graduating. In 1928, he went to Colombia and later to Panama to work for the SCADTA airline. He returned after 10 years and joined Lufthansa and represented the airline in West Africa.
With the outbreak of World War II, Kittel was interned to be deported to Canada. His ship, however, was torpedoed by a German submarine. He was rescued only to be deported to Australia. Again the ship was ill-fated, when a mutiny broke out, which was put down by the crew with his help. He was sent back to England to testify before the court martial. Eventually Kittel was allowed to return to Germany and managed a company producing bolts.
After the war, he was interned again by the British until 1947 on the Isle of Man at Dunluce House, Ramsay, with a group of German VIP-deportees. There he met his future father-in-law, Prof. Dr. Werner Gerlach, pathologist and German Consul General in Reykjavik, Iceland. Gerlach was in the SS and a personal friend of Heinrich Himmler.
In 1952, Kittel returned to the newly formed Lufthansa, serving as general manager for North and Central America from 1955-59 and subsequently as a member of the board until 1965. He was later appointed chief executive of the German National Board for Tourism. Kittel was awarded the Dwight D. Eisenhower Peace Medal in 1959 and the German Federal Cross of Merit with Star in 1964.
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