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Junge, Klaus

Klaus Junge (1924-1945) was a German player who was born in Chile and moved to Germany in the 1930s.  In 1941, at the age of 17, he tied for first place in the German championship.  In Prague 1942, he tied for first with Alekhine.  In Salzburg 1942 he tied for 3rd place, behind Alekhine and Keres.  He was drafted into the German army in 1943.  He was Lieutenant in the German army (12th SS-battalion) and was shot and killed on April 17, 1945 (one day before World II ended in Europe) trying to defend Hamburg, Germany.   He was given a chance to surrender, but came charging out shouting, “Sieg Heil!” and was shot.  He was 21.  George Koltanowski claimed that Junge was stabbed to death in a chess club fight, which is wrong.  Some sources say he was killed by a shell.

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