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Acc No2009/013
TitleMicia Casimir/Walther Klüpfel
DescriptionWalther Klüpfel was born in Heidelberg on 28 May 1888. He studied geology in Metz, Heidelberg, Berlin, Vienna and Strasbourg. He served in the First World War and was awarded the Iron Cross, Second Class for his efforts in supplying the German troops on the Western Front with water. He was teaching at the University of Giessen when he was called up for military service in 1941. At first he was in charge of a cartographic unit stationed at Granville before being moved to Jersey in August 1941. His task involved producing a report relating to the geological structure of the island, its building material , mineral resources and water supply. These factors were an important part of the plan to fortify the Channel Islands. At the weekends Klüpfel relaxed from his military duties by undertaking private geological studies and he was often accompanied on these by Micia Casimir. He appears to have left Jersey around the time of the D Day landings in June 1944. After the war Klüpfel returned to the University of Giessen and later the University of Marburg. He believed that extrusive vulcanicity resulting in the outpouring of lava and ash did not occur before the Quaternary era - a view rejected by most geologists. He continued to correspond with Micia Casimir until his death on 16 September 1964.

Micia Casimir was born at Greenwich, London on 14 January 1893 the youngest child of refugees from Tsarist Russian Poland. The family moved to Jersey when she was still a child. She remained there during the occupation when she got to know Walther Klüpfel through their shared interest in geology. She stayed in touch with Klüpfel until his death in 1964. She had two sisters Wendy and Leila "Lalu" Casimir and was sister-in-law to A J Robinson who was a former science master at Victoria College, Jersey. By 1968 she had moved from Jersey and was living in Oxford. She died in 1971.

Some material such as the borehole records and the MOD map appear to have been added to the collection after it had been deposited with the survey.
Related MaterialObituary Files
DS/UK/156Casimir; Micia (1893-1971)1893-1971
DS/UK/155Klüpfel; Walther (1888-1964)1888-1964
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