DKiS Urkunden are more rare than their golden counterparts, but basically they all have one overriding fact in common. Here are some examples of both, including an original blank silver Urkunde to show that they are available to forgers.
As you can see, all the above formal variants are professionally produced with care taken in the formation of the lettering. Some are ink written and some are typed, but none look amateurish. Now closely examine schnellmann’s piece and compare it with the care taken in production. His example displays uneven lettering especially in the formation of the name. The letters are not even level. The addition of the date does not centralize the wording and leaves it looking very unprofessional.
The rank is incorrect. On 21 June 1943, Berger was promoted to SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS. He received the DKiS for his work in the SS-Hauptamt for organization and recruitment in the Waffen-SS. It would be unthinkable to omit his full Waffen-SS rank. The rank of SS-Obergruppenführer on its own was an Allgemeine-SS rank and was never formally used on its own for Waffen-SS purposes.
Added to these faults is the use of silver printing, not impossible, but doubtful. I have not seen this before in many years of research. However, there’s always a first time.
I firmly believe that schnellmann’s document is a forgery and that is without the benefit of close examination, which, in my opinion, would add to the doubts. I also have some reservations about the ink stamp.
I am of the opinion that schnellmann honestly believes his document to be authentic and I am genuinely sorry to disagree.
Just noticed a couple of the attachments have doubled up. Sorry about that.
All I can say is what I have already said. I intend on showing this to a bonafide expert - not a part time, or amateur expert. And I hope to God this is the end of this matter. I will post the results of the exam - good or bad - when I find out. But I suppose somebody will have to continue this - ad nauseaum. Excuse me if I remove this thread from my email, so that at least I will not hear any more about it until the expert examines it.
Size of & signature on doc that started this post trouble me somewhat. Stewy S