About Hans Broniatowski
Hans Broniatowski was born in Laurahutte, Germany (now Siemianowice, Poland) in 1914. He was an Olympic capable javelin thrower. Although he moved with his family to Breslau, according to Lotte Wiener, he left Breslau in 1938, with his brother, Kurt, for New York City, USA. He arrived in New York on the S.S. Volendam, which sailed from Rotterdam on August 18, 1938, where he is listed as a “hotel employee,” most likely having worked in the hotel of his father, Georg. Hans and Kurt had obtained visas for the Philippines in their passports, issued in Breslau on June 28, 1938, for unknown reasons (there were no family members living in the Philippines at the time). Although their original intention was to immigrated to the USA, they were told that they needed to first go to Canada to effect their immigration. They did not want to bother and instead left for the Philippines. While there, Hans managed a restaurant in Bacolod City, in the southern Philippines. He the died tragically in 1940 when he was stabbed by the restaurant's cook, although the cook was later exonerated by the Philippine court system.