A HERO AND HIS TIMES


The beauty of objects auctioned by NEUMEISTER is the stories they tell. A special story is also ticking behind the clock that will be called in Barer Street in September. It belonged to George von Halban (1915 - 1998), one of the most highly decorated officers in the US Army.

"George von Halban Colonel Armor 0-1031529" the engraving on the watch cover lets us know. The timepiece with a strong character and a creamy white dial dates back to the 1940s, but the story of its owner begins earlier, more precisely: on July 14, 1915 in Vienna. That's when George von Halban was born, the son of gynecologist Josef von Halban and Kammersängerin Selma Kurz. His father came from an originally Jewish family from Poland, from which several members (including Josef von Halban) were elevated to the Austrian nobility in 1890 or 1917. Members of this family were mainly active as physicians, lawyers and artists - George von Halban became a soldier. He served in the Austrian cavalry at a young age. Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, he emigrated to America, where he was drafted shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. During World War II, Halban was one of the youngest majors in the U.S. Army and received the rarely awarded "Silver Star" medal from the U.S. President; he was also highly decorated in the Korean War. Later, George von Halban was a tactics instructor at the tank school at Fort Knox in Kentucky, which is best known as a gold camp but is also a U.S. Army base. After spending several years as a military advisor in Turkey, George von Halban was drawn back to Europe. He studied history at the University of Munich - and became a writer. In 1975, his best-known novel "Malik the Wolf" was published. The plot is set on the Russian-Turkish border at Ararat and tells of the struggle between two secret services. With this exciting story in an unusual milieu, George von Halban also made a name for himself as a thriller author.


HERRENARMBANDUHR VON COLONEL GEORGE RITTER VON HALBAN (1915  – 1998)

Genf, 1940er Jahre, UNIVERSAL, Modell: TRI-COMPAX

AUKTION 410 // LOT 410
SCHÄTZPREIS € 5.500  – 7.000

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