Adolf Althoff

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Adolf Althoff
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Spouse(s) Maria Althoff

Country Germany

Title assistant director -
Location at Circus Adolf Althoff in Germany

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Location at Circus Adolf Althoff in Germany

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Adolf Althoff , circus director in Germany

Born 1913-06-25 in Germany dead 1998-10-14 in Germany , son of director Dominik Althoff and animal trainer Adele Althoff .

Adolf Althoff (1913–1998) was a German circus owner, animal tamer and performer who saved several people from the Holocaust by having them work and travel in his circus. A member of a 300-year-old circus family, Althoff and his story are featured in a book about Germans who saved Jews from the Holocaust (Other Germans Under Hitler by Herbert Straeten). The events of his rescue during World War II are also dramatized in a 1998 Showtime TV-movie entitled Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families.

Althoff warned the people he rescued with the code Go Fishing. In 1995 he and his wife Maria were named Righteous Among the Nations, an Israeli honor.

He was born into the family in Sonsbeck, Germany. At age 17 he became publicity director for his families of the circus. In his twenties Althoff and his sister formed their own circus, of which he was the ringmaster for 30 years. In 1940, Althoff began five years work in concealing four members of the Danner performing family in his circus. Althoff provided the Danners with false identity papers and had the family working under pseudonyms.


Total: 1 children

  1. Franz Althoff Jr.. Born: 1943-07-13.


Siblings through the father Dominik Althoff (1883-04-08 -- 1974-09-26):

  1. Carolina Althoff Born 1903-12-01 Dead: † 1987-11-11
  2. Franz Althoff Born 1908 Dead: † 1987
  3. Helene Althoff Born 1907 Dead: † 1997
  4. Jeanette Althoff Born 1913-11-29
  5. Henriette Althoff Born 1910-08-15 Dead: † 2004

Adolf Althoff s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Adolf Althoff
Born: 1913-06-25

Dominik Althoff

Born: 1883-04-08

Paternal Grandfather:
Adolf Althoff

Born: 1852-08-11
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Wilhem Althoff
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anna Holzmüller
Paternal Grandmother:
Sabrine Sonnier

Born: 1860-07-08
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Paternal Great-grandmother:

Adele Mark

Born: 1883-04-15

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). director Adolf Althoff in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 15 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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