Born: Breslau, Upper Silesia, 25 January 1912
Profession in country of origin: Unknown
Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Germany in 1939
Male enemy alien - Exemption from internment - Refugee Surname: Zwieback Forename: Otto Alias: - Date and place of birth: 25/01/1912 in Breslau Nationality: German Police Regn. Cert. No.: 664 906 Home Office ref: Z2818 Address: Hill Farm, Boxford,Suffolk Normal occupation: Textile worker Present occupation: Trainee in fruit farming Name and address of employer: Mr Loshak, Hill Farm, Boxford, Suffolk Decision of tribunal: To be exempt from internment Date 15.12.1939 Whether exempted from Article 6(A): Yes Whether desires to be repatriated: No Jewish refugee from Nazi oppression Strongly anti-Nazi Can be safely regarded as a friend alien Tribunal for Norfolk and Suffolk District
Source: National Arrives, Home Office: Aliens Department: Internees Index, 1939-1947.
Otto Ludwig Zwieback – began military service on 6 February 1940 at Richborough camp. Enlisted in British Royal Auxilary Pioneer Corps, 87 Company , 65 Group, S/N 13046380. Considered for service in the British Military Special Operations Executive (SOE) during WWII but found not suitable.
Source: National Archives records
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Otto Zwieback was a prisoner in Dachau in 1938.
In 1939 he immigrated to Britain; he was noted as being “strongly anti-Nazi” and given the status ‘Enemy Alien-Exempt from Internment’.
In December 1939 Otto was employed on Hill Farm – a fruit farm – at Boseford, Suffolk.
Otti was a Private in the Pioneer Corps, Pte. 13801252, based out of Velindre, Llandysul, Cardiganshire, with a civilian address in Newton, Suffolk.
From around 1940, Otto Ludwig Zwieback was known as Roger Louis Stanley.
He began military service on 6 February 1940 at Kitchener camp in Kent. He enlisted in the Royal Auxilary Pioneer Corps. 87 Company , 65 Group. S/N 13046380.
The 87 Company saw military action against the German army around Le Havre and Rennes, France, and was later evacuated from St. Malo (the Dunkirk evacuation/Operation Dynamo).
The 87 company, Pioneer Corps, was stationed at various locations around London in the Blitz target areas of the Luftwaffe.
Otto was then transferred to the British Royal Armoured Corps (the tank corps), 253 Coy, PC, w.e.f., on 14.07.1943
Otto was awarded: 1. British 1939-45 Star; 2. France and Germany Star; 3. Defence Medal; 4. War Medal. Considered for service in the British Military Special Operations Executive (SOE) in 1941, but found not suitable.
In 1946 Otto was released from active army service, but remained in the Reserves. He was removed from the Reserves list in 1954.