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Elias Schultz

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Schultz, Elias


Schultz, Elias. (“Dutch”); b. August 26, 1910, NYC, German, Jewish, Attended a Mechanical school [technical school], Single, Aircraft Machinist, CP 1936 (1937), received passport#495898 on January 30, 1938 which listed his address as 1930 Grand Concourse, NYC, Arrived in Spain on February 16, 1938, Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Plaza Mayor, Scouts, rank Soldado;  Served at Ebro Offensive; WIA September 10, 1938, shrapnel; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia, WWII US Army, 10th Mountain Division, d. August 29, 2006, Seattle, Washington.

Sources: SACB, Pay, RA, Good Fight C; Pacific NW Project; David Buckley, Earthcare Northwest, partially reprinted in The Volunteer, Volume 17, No. 2, Fall 1995, p. 11;  John Iwasaki, "Elias 'Dutch' Schultz: Veteran carved a fierce ideal of social justice," September 2, 2006.

Photograph: Elias Schultz in Spain, RA Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 983.

 

Shortly after his death in August, both major Seattle newspapers ran substantial stories on Dutch and his
extraordinary life. The memorial service, held September 24, 2006, was packed with a broad spectrum of people who respected and loved him. So who was this short, wiry guy?

He was born and raised in Harlem, New York, a son of immigrant Austrian Jews. During the Depression, he was drawn to left-wing causes and served in the Lincoln Brigade in Spain. In World War II, he served in the 87th Mountain Infantry as a ski-trooper. Wounded in the Aleutians, he later fought in Italy. Dutch worked as a longshoreman until 1973 and received an award from the ILWU for saving the life of a union brother. Jews in longshore work were rare, and Dutch had to deal with anti- Semitism, open and veiled. After many scraps, Dutch won the respect of his fellow workers.

All through his working life, Dutch’s main passion was wood sculpture. He used the GI Bill to study in Switzerland, Italy, and England. After his retirement from the docks, he worked full time at his art until an automobile accident at age 94 finally stopped him. But there was so much more to this crusty old guy, with his salty language. Though he had little formal education, Dutch acquired a broad range of knowledge through his life experience. He was a great lover of nature, and he liked to go hiking. One of his great loves was birding.

Above all, Dutch was a mensch, an authentic human being, whose thoughts, words and deeds were cut from the same cloth. In recognition of his long-standing support for the Red Eagle Society—a Youth Theater group—Dutch was honored at his memorial as a fallen warrior by a Native American Color Guard of Veterans of Past and Present Wars. All in all, many people from different walks of life joined in celebration of a life well lived,

- Abe Osheroff

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Additional Notes Became a sculptor working in wood.