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Walther Sommerlath

Deceased Person

Carl August Walther Sommerlath (22 January 1901 – 21 October 1990) was a German businessman and the father of Queen Silvia of Sweden. He was president of the Brazilian subsidiary of the Swedish steel-parts manufacturer Uddeholm Tooling after World War II. He was born and raised in Heidelberg, Grand Duchy of Baden, German Empire (now Baden-Württemberg, Germany). His parents were Louis Carl Moritz Sommerlath (1860–1930) who was born in Chicago, Illinois in the United States who was from an armigerous family of the German Bourgeoisie, and his wife Erna Sophie Christine Waldau (1864–1944). In the mid 1920s, Walther Sommerlath moved to São Paulo, Brazil where he worked for the steel company Acus Roechling Boulerus do Brasil, a subsidiary in the German steel group Roechling. On 10 December 1925 he married the Brazilian Alice Soares de Toledo (1906–1997), in Santa Cecília, São Paulo. She was the daughter of Arthur Floriano de Toledo and his wife Elisa de Novaes Soares. The couple had four children: In 1938, Walther Sommerlath left Brazil and returned to Heidelberg. In 1939 he moved to the German capital Berlin. Between 1939 and 1943, Sommerlath ran a company in Berlin that was seized from  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1901-01-22
Place of birth
Heidelberg
Children
Queen Silvia of Sweden

Death

Date of death
1990-10-21
Place of death
Heidelberg

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