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Wilhelm STARKMANN  18yy-19yy

aka W. Starkmann
nationality Austrian and a resident of India. Naturalized in Britain (8 Apr 1947).
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marriage married on ... Oct/Nov/Dec 1948, Willesden, Middlesex (Reference HO 334/256/3992, Kew & freeBMD)
Margarete GEISSE
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HMV resident recordist in Vienna (Austria)

From John B. Milmo comes the following information:
Wilhelm Starkmann
You may remember I asked you about him some time ago. Before WW2 he worked out of Vienna where he was
resident recording engineer until March 1938 and recorded there and in Romania and Czechoslovakia. Then, to
all intents and purposes he disappeared. Later in 1938 his wife contacted HMV to ask where he was; they did
not reply. She wrote again in November and was told he had been “relocated” to Calcutta. Jo at the Archive has
a hunch that the company quietly and quickly removed personnel who were “of interest” to the Nazi regime and,
because post was intercepted had to wait for the transfer to have been successfully effected before informing the
family. That seems to accord with my enquiries about the Starkmann who was a violinist with the VPO and was
Jewish and who also “disappeared” leading to the conclusion that like his Jewish VPO colleagues he had been
sent to Auschwitz.
Wilhelm’s story has a much happier ending. After the war he came back to England and by 1954 was the Senior
Editor at Hayes. Malcolm Walker consulted one of his successors, David Bell, who has just responded to
Malcolm saying that Starkmann had been his boss when he (David) joined in 1955. He describes him as one of
the leader of the four musicians who made up the editing staff (he wasn’t that good at reading scores) and made
sure he avoided the important jobs! He always wore very expensive suits, well tailored and invariably dark but
was very friendly with Barry Waite, the Assistant Manager of the Studios, who lived next door. As a character
he was congenial, friendly and outgoing to a degree, always very good company to be with with many good
stories and jokes, “a real character, great to recall him” said David.


Someone with the same name is also found on three UK Outward Passenger Lists (1890-1960) and in Electoral Registers of the fifties.


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John B. Milmo