I’d like to think that working for twelve years in the Hydro was a type-of apprenticeship for Dr. Altdorfer, learning from the best in the first of it’s kind in Europe, before returning to his home-land to put into practice all that he learnt in Cork.
Max Erneste, his son, was about ten when he moved with his family back to Germany. He would have attended school in the Wiesbaden area, close to where the family lived, and then went to University where he graduated with a Business degree. He was about twenty eight when his name appeared in a newspaper listing of casualties in the German army in 1918.
Post WW1 Max embarked on a professional career in the banking world and he appears to have married in 1929. Max was very successful in his job and in 1938 was appointed an adjunct in the Office for Economic Mobilization in Germany
In 1939 he was promoted to Hauptmann (Captain) in the Luftwaffe and then in 1942 he was promoted again to Oberst, which, in the German Reich and Nazi Germany the highest field officer rank.
In 1943 he was appointed Division Chief of the Foreign Economic Mobilization, Great Britain division. All of this information comes from declassified information from the Nuremberg trials where Max Altdorfer was interrogated in September 1945. It is clear from these details that Max Altdorfer possessed an acute capacity for mathematics and economics; added to that, according to the transcripts, Max was fiercely nationalistic and had a phenomenal memory, especially for maths.
Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve 1945 Max Altdorfer died at his home in Wetlzar, a city in the state of Hesse. According to his death certificate he died of a heart attack and present at the time was his wife Paulina.
It is strange to see St Ann’s Hill mentioned in a German death and marriage certificate stating where he was born, and even more jarring is to see the name St Ann’s Hill appearing in an official transcript from the Nuremberg trials for a German citizen that was born in, what was part of the United Kingdom at that time.
Transcript from Nuremberg trials September 1945 and a death certificate for December 1945, both related to Max Altdorfer