Wolfe Greenstein

Alias Maurice Wolfe Greenstein
Russian spelling Вольф Гринштейн
Born 25.11.1899
Place Odessa, Ukraine
Ethnic origin Jewish
Religion Jewish
Father Solomon Greenstein
Mother Betha Greenstein

Wife Jean Greenstein (nee Piraner), married 1924; children Esther b. 1925, served in the AIF in WWII; Aaron b. 1927

Residence before arrival at Australia Lived in London and Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, for 13 years
Arrived at Australia from England
on 25.11.1913
per Irishman
disembarked at Sydney
Residence before enlistment 'Odessa', Jeffrey St, Canterbury, Sydney
Occupation 1918 printer; 1940 compositor
Naturalisation father naturalised in 1910 in England; nat. 1945
Residence after the war Sydney
Died 1962 Sydney

Service #1

Service number 60562
Enlisted 4.06.1918
Place of enlistment Sydney
Unit 2nd Battalion
Rank Private
Place France, 1919
Final fate RTA 22.07.1919
Discharged 20.09.1919

Service #2 – WWII

Enlisted 3.06.1940
Place of enlistment Paddington, NSW
Unit 1st Battalion
Rank L/C
Place Egypt, Greece, Egypt
Casualties POW on Crete
Final fate RTA 24.11.1943
Discharged 25.04.1944 MU


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Newspaper articles

Soccer football. - The Hebrew Standard of Australasia, Sydney, 20 May 1932, p. 7.

Another Maccabean victory. - The Hebrew Standard of Australasia, Sydney, 20 July 1934, p. 2.

Army friends now prisoners. - Daily Telegraph, Sydney, 18 October 1941, p. 2.

'Santa' for war prisoners. - Daily Telegraph, Sydney, 18 December 1943, p. 6.

With the forces. - Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga, 20 September 1944, p. 2.

Judge slates woman for bigamous marriage with younger soldier. - Truth, Sydney, 26 November 1944, p. 13.


Monteath, P.D. P.O.W.: Australian Prisoners of War in Hitler's Reich. Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia, 2011, pp. 192-193

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

Only a few, the youngest of them, managed to see active service with the 2nd AIF abroad. Wolfe Greenstein was captured on Crete but lived to tell the tale.