|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1904|
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 2001|
born Ludwig Schlanger
resident of Belvedere, Marin county
Louis was born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia in 1904 and soon thereafter moved with his family to Vienna. He soon became a well-known dentist, but it was his sports activities that made his years in Vienna memorable.
Seven-time champion of Austria in Greco-Roman wrestling in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, he won many tournaments throughout Europe, and wrestled the eventual gold medal winner in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. In 1935, he was the gold medal winner in the first Maccabiah Game in Israel.
He and his wife, Gisela (Ruth), and son, Tom escaped from Nazi Austria in 1938-1939 and spent the war years in England, where Evelyn was born. All of his relatives remaining in Europe were lost to the Holocaust. In 1946, the Slanger family emigrated to the United States and settled in Los Angeles.
Louis practiced a variety of trades in Los Angeles: dental technician; entrepreneur; plant manager; real estate investor. His beloved wife, Ruth, died in 1982. Soon thereafter, he moved to the Bay Area to be close to his children. His passion was politics, particularly the politics of the State of Israel. Over the years, he had scores of suggestions as to how the situations there could be resolved, and he didn't hesitate to send letters to our Secretaries of State with his detailed prescriptions as to what should be done to end the conflict. He loved to travel and went back to Vienna numerous times, as well as to the Caribbean, China, Mexico, Spain, and the Mediterranean, accompanied by his children and grand-children. On a memorable 1992 trip to Budapest, he met one of the wrestlers who defeated him in the 1928 Olympics. This dramatic meeting of two "old pros" became the subject of a national television program in Hungary.
Marin Independent Journal
Sunday, April 1, 2001
Section C, page 2
The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted an interview with Louis Slanger on July 7, 1993. The interview is now with The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Ruth Gisela Slanger (1907 - 1982)
Born in Novi Sad, Hungary
Beloved Father, Grandfather
Husband and Olympian
Created by: Colletta
Record added: Jun 25, 2013
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