Hans Walter

December 14, 1921 ‒ April 20, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Hans Walter lived to see more in his first three decades than could fill shelves in a library. A life that was the material for a gripping memoir or historical movie ended quietly as he died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, April 20, 2018 in Whetstone Gardens and Care Center. He was 96.

Born December 14, 1921 in Berlin, Germany, to O. August and Pauline (Flatow) Walter, Hans came to this country in 1951, a survivor of five concentration camps – including Auschwitz. Hans was the last surviving member of the Jewish prisoners used in the Nazi counterfeiting exercise Operation Bernhard.

He was a life member of both the NRA and Kol Israel Foundation, a former member of Emanuel Jacob Congregation and retired from General Motors in 1980 as a model maker with 25 years of service.

Hans is survived by his daughter Debbie  Walter and his son David Walter both in Columbus; a brother Gilbert Walter in Campbell, CA, a sister Margot Rosenbaum in Winnipeg, Canada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gisele (Neumann) Walter; a daughter Manuela Walter Smith, and a brother Werner Walter.

The Walter family will receive friends Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the FInefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. His funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. led by Cantor Nancy Shimer. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory to Kol Israel may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Walter family, share a word of support with them online at: SnyderFuneralHome.com

  • Debbie and David, I got many emails from those that were touched by Hans and his Holocaust story. I am creating a document, a collection of thoughts/memories from those Hans called, “the money people” (MPC Festers) and from those associated with our travels.

    Danny Spungen

  • I had the privilege of meeting Hans Walter twice at the MPC fest. He told us of his time in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and his role in Operation Bernard. It was a terrible but fascinating story. He ensured that his story and the loss of so many will not be forgotten. I am glad I had the chance to meet Hans and he will be missed. My condolences to his family and my prayers are with Hans.

  • Danny Spungen brought Hans to Toledo about 10 years ago. He did a few interviews for University of Toledo and local media. Our UT Men’s Tennis Team had the privilege of meeting him as he was an honorary captain for a match. It was a fascinating day, and our team members, which included a handful of guys from Europe and Asia, were grateful to hear Hans’ stories.

    Rest in peace.

  • debbie and david may you be comforted in knowing how much he loved you he was a very special man and told fascinating stories i too loved him very much

  • Hans was a true gentleman who led an extraordinary life. He shared his experiences with us at MPCFest. When he spoke at MPCFest, the hotel staff crowed around the doorway to listen! Those visits were life changing events for most of us. If we have not done it by now, we will tell our children and grandchildren about him for another generation. I am fortunate to have had the chance to know him. Loosing Hans is a loss to the world. He is missed.