I can only reiterate what FB has said above. My goal has been, more or less, to follow your advice Wilhelm. Along the way, I have picked up books on the period and from the period, tried to put into perspective the mindset of the people in this point in time, and digest the information. I am no historian, and it hasn't been a simple task for me to do this in what little spare time I have, nonetheless, I have enjoyed the education.
I have been fortunate enough to pick up a few nice authentic items along the journey, however, where I am even more fortunate is to have had kind and collegial interactions with members of this forum.
Thank you for sharing your archive with us and providing some further guidance for the new collectors.
03-15-2014 09:54 PM
The success of your collection is a testament to the primacy of knowledge over a surfeit of hot air and the much stylized outrage over greed.
It is a pity I cannot show the big colored plates. They are much too big for my scanner
(some are 0.80 mtr x 1.20 mtr), not even as when they are smaller as most often cut in 2
or even 10 parts (due to their size). The eastern German archive that had them was not
able to copy them in one by themselves. Sometimes not even one plate in two parts! I
got them in late 1990 or early 1991 (this I can't remember). I have asked later if it was
possible to give me larger copies. In fact most of the plates had disappeared in the hectic
years after "die Wende" (the combining of western and eastern Germany). Most people I
knew (merely being most kind females) in various of the former eastern Germany were
sacked a few years later, as being suspected persons (Stasi).
I had an extemely good contact with some of them. With regularity I did send gifts (parfum).
The new ones were most often not so kind and understandable to matters of the TR. At least
40% from my archived material came from former east-German archives between 1990 and
1993 or so. Wished I had had more money in those days, as all was delivered smoothly and
without asking any questions why I needed the material. I bought the "Mitteilungsblatt der RZM"
in about early 1991. At least what they had. Did not buy then the "Handbuch der RZM", while
I did not consider in those days I needed all those numbers and adresses. This still I do regret
(now I have it thanks to Jo)!
The plates did cost me quite some money as normally they could not have handed over
the colored plates, as they did not have the possibilities themselves. They went elsewhere
for me to get the colored copies (it are no scans).
And I am no good with photographing and it would be a hell of a job to make out of the
pieces one good plate. I have about twenty of them with uniforms from army and airforce,
Waffen-SS, TeNo, police, political organizations except Pol.Leaders and Werkschar/DAF
and No NSFK, army-flags, RAD and pol.leaders ranking system.
"Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916
Thank you. I know the items you describe and they are very decorative. Mollo reproduced the one on Waffen SS uniforms in the 1970s, which you partially included above.
I have not seen these in digital format.
Very educational thread thanks for the information and photo's. timothy
Mr. Saris has shown us in this thread the variety of sources that are essential and desirable in the search for meaning in the things we collect.
He has shown precisely the rich variety of sources that exist, and which are easier to access today that in decades earlier.
The serious collector should know these sources, and endeavor to use them, or, at least, to understand them if they aspire to
join the front rank of collectors.
We are also very lucky that an author with so many decades of research and intense contact with such sources shares with us
on this site and we can all do our part by supporting him by buying some his books, as I have, and you should do.
Happy hats and long live the primary sources, which are a bit better than collector group think, gun shore old wives tales, and misinformation as found
elsewhere in plentitude.