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Mega Rare - Perhaps most unique/rare item in my collection

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    Tristan
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    Default Mega Rare - Perhaps most unique/rare item in my collection

    This is something I have never seen any other example except the infamous signs at the most infamous Concentration and POW camps. This sign was just one item acquired from a family whose Great Grandfather was an SS Officer, who hunted Partisans, and was killed in 1944. Although difficult to research, I know this officer was stationed in and was a captain at Concentration Camp Glubokie. Where this officer also died in a partisan attack 4 months prior to Russian liberation. I have also acquired official SS Feldpost Letters from this Officer, with an official SS Wax Seal, one of which was likely his last letter as his KIA date is a few days after the letter was written.

    I would love any additional tips on how to proceed with research on this sign. I have about 50 black and white photographs of Glubokie Ghetto, and have seen similar signs (they had a sign making facility onsite), but I would love to learn more.....
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    I have done a lot of research, if anyone is interested in this camp, here is an overview; In 1921-1939 Glubokoye was part of the Poland, the capital of Disna District, Vilnius Voivodship where 9,700 residents lived before 1939.
    In autumn 1939 Glubokoye lands became part of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic. Glubokoye District (with the town of Glubokoye as its capital) was created by the relevant decree of the Presidium of the BSSR Supreme Council on 15 January 1940 as an administrative unit of Vileika Oblast. The district included the town of Glubokoye, part of Glubokoye County and part of Zalesse County of Disna Oblast. The district occupied 592 km2 and had 35,099 residents (including 9,650 residents in the town of Glubokoye).
    On 2 July 1941 Glubokoye was occupied by the Nazi and converted into the center of a region of the Reichskommissariat Ostland (Realm Commissariat Eastland). Located in the town were the regionís administration, a German garrison, and army warehouses. A Jewish ghetto was created in the town and annihilated in 1943. A death camp (stalag No. 351) was situated in the Berezvechye area. The victims were over 27,000 Soviet and Italian POWs.
    Soviet troops liberated the town of Glubokoye on 3 July 1944.
    Due to the new administrative division (as from 20 September 1944) Glubokoye District became part of Polotsk Oblast.

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    Sorry but I would say this is simply on old railway sign.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Not sure how if he was KIA he would have got this to his family, even if it is from a camp, of which I am not certain. It certainly looks like it would display well whatever the truth of its history or origins.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Fair enough It could have been a railway sign around the town. But I do know it is from where this SS Officer was KIA - And also that the family who I have acquired it from has a pretty authentic story. This sign was sent to the family along with all of the soldiers belonging following his death.

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    It's a High Voltage warning sign...that's all I can tell you...I find it a bit hard to believe that an SS officer would bring something like this home to Germany as a souvenir, and that the family would keep it after the war, at a time when most people would disavow any connection to the SS, let alone to the Camp System...I'd like to see the SS wax seal you mentioned as well...Just my opinion, friend...
    cheers, Glenn

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    Quote by Tristan View Post
    Fair enough It could have been a railway sign around the town. But I do know it is from where this SS Officer was KIA - And also that the family who I have acquired it from has a pretty authentic story. This sign was sent to the family along with all of the soldiers belonging following his death.
    The oft quoted saying, "buy the item not the story" springs to mind I am sorry to say.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Here is one of the letters i referred to
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    Tristan
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    Hi Jerry, I actually did not learn the story until after I purchased it So that was not a factor in the buying decision

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    Hi , I,m not trying to be confrontational (honestly) but I find the "wear" on the front of this piece to look so repetitious and artificial! It seems to me the history may be correct but the item made "to fit?" I only make this judgement on the way I see so many helmets "altered/aged" as that is my area. Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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