Adolf Czwiklitzer

Poland, Schlesien, Kattowitz
UK, London, St Pancras Hospital
FatherDavid Czwiklitzer (27/11/1842 – 06/10/1916) 
MotherJohanna (Handel) Borinski (1838-39 – 16/09/1914) 
Partner Lucy (1891-92 – 03/06/1951)


Adolf expanded his father's soap business, opening a factory making toilet soaps and soap powder in the Załęże region of Kattowitz in around 1923. The business's successor is Katowickie Zakłady Chemii Gospodarczej "Pollena - Savona".

An article on page 2 of the November 2009 edition of "Nasze Katowice" about Kattowitz's Jewish cemetery claims that David and Adolf were the inventors of Nivea Cream. However, does not mention either of them in its history of the product.

Listed in the 1910 and 1914 Kattowitz address books at Grundmannstrasse 18, which he shared with his father David. Listed at the same address as the owner of David's soap factory in the 1928 telephone book (Grundmannstrasse was renamed as 3 Maja in Polish). Also listed in the same role in the 1939 Kattowitz telephone directory.

An Adolf Czwiklitzer living in Hampstead, London and formerly from Poland was naturalised by Great Britain in March 1956. A Piotr Czwiklitzer graduated from Kattowitz's Mikolaj Kopernik school in 1938. On 12/11/1948 the London Gazette listed the naturalisation of Piotr (known as Peter) Czwiklitzer, an architectural student from Poland.

[Adolf's death certificate]

The death of an Adolph Czwiklitzer, living at the same address in London, was registered in St. Pancras in August 1956; he died aged 78 years, so he was born 1877-78. His death certificate describes him as a retired soap manufacturer. The death was reported by his son, Peter.

The death of a Lucy Czwiklitzer aged 59 years was registered in London, Hampstead in Q3 1951, so born 1891-92. Her death certificate describes her as the wife of Adolf, and gives the same address as that given on Adolf's death certificate.

A list of passengers on MS PIŁSUDSKI for a tourist trip around the Norwegian fjords on 19-30 August 1936 includes Adolf, Lucy and Piotr Czwiklitzer; the relationship of these three people to each other is not given, but it is probable that they were this family.

Sources (click here for generic source information)

Kaethe Danziger (geb. Halberstaedter)’s "Borinski" notes;
BM, a historian of Załęże district; - Der Oberschlesische Wanderer, Jg. 82, No. 17, 22 January 1909; - history of Katowickie Zakłady Chemii Gospodarczej "Pollena - Savona";
Advertisement: Urzȩdowa Gazeta Gminy Izraelickiej w Katowicach, 1935, nr 85, page 6;
Nasze Katowice, November 2009 - claim that David and Adolf were the inventors of Nivea Cream;
1910 address book for Kattowitz, pages 99 (111) and 24 (32);
1914 address book for Kattowitz, pages 191 (203) and 114 (122);
Kattowitz and area telephone book, 1928 page 36
1939 area telephone book for Kattowitz area page 24 (39) - passenger list for MS PIŁSUDSKI; - list of naturalisations, Adolf; - list of naturalisations, Piotr; - Mikolaj Kopernik School 1938 graduates.

This record was last updated on 10/06/2020 at 17:27