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Ausweis for local gaurd of some sort?

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    Hello,
    Would be interested to know if this type of ausweis was issued to the local population and what were their tasks?
    Would they join the SS or policeman in the "hunt" and killing of local Jews?
    Sorry if the question might seem insensitive, not intended to offend anyone.
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    The feldpostnummer listed does not appear in Tessins list after early 1941, so can't locate what unit this was for to check.

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    Huddyhuddy: The Urkrainische Selbstschutzverbšnde were made up of ethnic Germans called, ďBlack Sea Germans,Ē and the history of the Urkrainische Selbstschutzverbšnde, which translate as Ukrainian Self-defense Groups, goes back to the Russian October Revolution when those militia-type units fought with the White Russians against the Bolsheviks. They also provided auxiliary forces for the Germans in WWI. In WWII they came under the control of the SS and were heavily involved as auxiliaries in the round up and deportation of Jews. The best source for information in English on the Urkrainische Selbstschutzverbšnde is Eric Conrad Steinhart, Creating Killers: The Nazification of the Black Sea Germans and the Holocaust in Southern Ukraine, 1941-44, Chapel Hill, 2010. It is available as a free download at https://cdr.lib.unc.edu/indexablecon...3-c7778ef9401b
    What you have there is a very interesting piece of little-known history. Dwight

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    Good morning Dwight!
    Thank you very very much for the interesting and important information!
    Exactly what I was researching for!

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    next step, if possible, is to identify the issuing officers name...

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    Huddyhuddy: There is an interesting clue as to what this particular man was doing. The passage in the Ausweis is "Nocturnal patrols in localities occupied by the German Wehrmacht may only be used on the express order of the local commander." In Steinhart's book, he writes about members of the Urkrainische Selbstschutzverbšnde working in two-man patrols in different villages. Some of the patrols were during daylight and others at night, and their job was to check the identities of "suspicious" types. Jews were apparently arrested on sight and often simply taken into the woods and shot. It is reasonable, based on the Ausweis, to assume that he was authorized to make such patrols. Dwight

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    more and more interesting things we learn about this here! thank you!

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