Johannes GRAF [1914-1988] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong
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Johannes GRAF [1914-1988]

Names
Given: 
Johannes
Family: 
Graf
Sex: 
Male
Status: 
Deceased
Birth
Date: 
1914-02-10
Birthplace (town, state): 
Haarlem near Amsterdam
Birthplace (country): 
Death
Date: 
c.1988-12-31 (Month, Day are approximate)
Connections: 

Comments

Johannes Graf (my grandfather) was born in Haarlem near Amsterdam, Holland, 10.2 1914 . He worked for the Dutch East Indies Bank in Hong Kong. After the war he joined the British Missionary Society and was later posted to Swatow, China. There he was imprisoned again for 9 months by the Chinese Communists for being an anti-communist. He married Claire Graf, sister of Renate Graf who is also mentioned in Barbara Anslow's diary, and devoted much of his life to the peace movement including the campaign against the war in Vietnam for which, ironically, he was frequently accused of being a communist. Unfortunately, I never asked him about his experiences and was only vaguely aware of his having been in a prison camp due to the fact that he never liked to eat rice. I am hoping that some of his experiences in Hong Kong, particularly Stanley Camp, will be found in his diary which is still in the posession of his family.  

Passenger List 1952 Southampton to Hong Kong

Johannes Graf 38 Missionary

Hannaliese Graf 32

Susan W Graf

Peter Johannes Graf

Passenger List 1960 Fremantle to Amsterdam

Johannes Graf 10.2.1914 (Death 1988 Victoria NSW Australia Ancestry Tree)

Hanneliese Claire Graf 18.6.1920 Death 2007 (Ancestry Tree and Probate Record)

Susan W Graf

Peter J Graf

Michael C Graf

Yvonne C Graf 

Thanks for the extra details. Any other information or photos from your grandparents' time in Hong Kong that you can share will be great to see.

Here's his entry in the 1941 Jurors List:

c   Graf, Johannes Cashier, Netherlands Trading Society On premises.