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Appel, Sally, 1889-1934



  • Existence: 1889-03-01 - 1934

biographical statement

Salomon ‘Sally’ Appel was born 1 March 1889 in Borken, Kassel, Hesse, Germany, to Laser Appel 1835-1913, a merchant, and Minna Stern 1849-1905. There were three children by this marriage (Regina Rosa Appel 1884-, Moses Appel 1885-1938, Sally Appel 1889-1930). There were seven children by a previous marriage to Bertha Grünstein. Sally Appel died 1934 in Dortmund, Germany.

Appel had training in the French language and taught school before the war. In 1916, while in the German army, he was assigned to serve as a translator to French soldiers being held in a prisoner of war camp at Osnabruck. Later sent into France, Appel was captured by the French and served out the war in a camp near the small French town of Tagnon. Although prisoners were not allowed to send mail to Germany, Apple was aware that his soon-to-be sister-in-law, Helene (Mrs. B. M. Bloch), an emigre to the United States, was residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sending a letter to Mrs. Bloch was Appel's means of communicating his whereabouts to his relatives in Germany.

Sally married Sophia Jungheim Appel, and they settled in Dortmund, Germany. They had one son, Ernst, born on October 3, 1926. Sally and Sophie owned a retail business, Jungheim & Appel, with Sophie's brother Aron in Dortmund. After Hitler was appointed Chancellor in 1933, increasingly severe sanctions were placed upon Jews.

Appel died in 1934. In 1938, Sophie, his wife, and their son, Ernst, left Germany for the United States, residing in New York City at first, then later joining Mrs. B. M. Bloch in Tulsa.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Sally Appel papers, 1911-1934

Identifier: 1989-003
Scope and Contents The Sally Appel papers consist of the writings, war camp documents, correspondence, photographs, and publications (including a complete run the newspaper, Der Vergessene Michel) relating to Sally Appel, a German soldier held prisoner by the French during World War I. While a prisoner, Appel was permitted by the French camp commandant to create the newspaper, Der Vergessene Michel, 14 issues of which were lettered and illustrated on mimeograph masters and published between October 1919 and...
Dates: 1911 - 1934