Re: tc-list Peter Katz (Walters)
>Jimmy,If this indeed was the case, did he volunteer to fight? I happen to know
>My understanding is that he took refuge in England from the Nazis, and
>started a new life complete with a new name.
that Jewish refugees in Britain who enlisted were encouraged to change
their names so that in case they become POWs they would at least not be
identified as Jews. A relative of mine, born in Leipzig, not only changed
his last name upon enlisting, but also acquired a good Scottish middle name
(Leslie) which would hopefully account for his somewhat-not-perfect accent
if he ever became a prisoner.
- E. Habas wrote:
> If this indeed was the case, did he volunteer to fight?I doubt it, given the date of his graduation. Let me set out what I know:
1. His original name was Peter Katz
2. He fled from Nazi Germany
3. He graduated with a PhD from University of Cambridge (as Peter Katz) in 1945
4. He subsequently changed his name to Peter Walters
D. W. Gooding writing in the preface to the posthumous publication of Walters'
dissertation (The Text of the Septuagint. Its corruptions and their emendation.
Cambridge, 1973), speaking of his regret that Walters did not get to complete
Part Two, says:
This is a great pity; but when one considers that difficult and trying
under which Dr Walters had to work both before and after his flight from
Germany, the amazing thing is that he accomplished so much.