Judell Joe Blieden

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Judell Joe Blieden

Birthplace: Randfontein, South Africa
Death: December 04, 1992 (84)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Place of Burial: Westpark Jewish Cemetery
Immediate Family:

Son of Julius Blieden and Helena Freda Blieden
Ex-husband of Anita Daphne Blieden
Father of Private and Steven Blieden
Brother of Zena Berkley and Bernard Blieden

Managed by: Dr Naomi Rapeport
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About Judell Joe Blieden

Schamroth Rapeport N. Letters in a Shoe Box. 1940 -1945. 2017

Judell and Daphne Blieden (nee Green) were aboard the Egyptian passenger ship Zamzam en route from New York, USA to Cape Town in 1941.In the South Atlantic, on the voyage from Recife, Brazil to Cape Town, the passenger ship was mistaken for a British Q-ship or troop transport.3 The German raider, Atlantis fired shells at her in the early morning of April 17th 1941. When the Zamzam surrendered, the Germans rescued the passengers and scuttled the ship with explosives. The passengers were transferred to the Atlantis' supply ship, the Dresden the following day. Five weeks later the passengers landed at St. Jean-de-Luz, France on May 20th 1941. Following their disembarked in Bordeaux, France, they were taken to internment camps in Germany. Judell Blieden was sent to Stalag XB, Germany.4,5 He was released at the end of the War and repatriated to Britain. In 1943 his wife was released and returned to South Africa via Cairo.

He returned to South Africa in July 1945 from Glasgow on the Empire Might.

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Judell Joe Blieden's Timeline

April 7, 1908
Randfontein, South Africa
December 3, 1949
December 4, 1992
Age 84
Johannesburg, South Africa
Westpark Jewish Cemetery