Kengelbacher August (1894-1971) from St.Gallen in Switzerland, lived in Japan from 1919 to1946, where he experienced the horrible earthquake of September 1, 1923. Twelve of his Swiss friends died in the earthquake. August Kengelbacher worked as a mechanic for embroider machines and a representative and sales manager for several Swiss companies. During the second world war, he worked at the Swiss embassy. After the war he returned to Switzerland where he married and worked as a driving instructor.

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Swiss National Holiday August 1, 1923 in Tokyo.
The persons indicated with an x did not survive the earthquake one month later.