German chemical-plant workers passport
Thought of sharing this interesting passport:
Possibly among the last to be issued in the Soviet Union to a German national, November 1932, Moscow.
Fritz Rusting was possibly a technical worker at a secret chemical plant in the Samara region.He was living in Chapaevsk, and in German: Tschapajewsk.
In this town, from the end of the 19th century onwards, existed the Ushkov chlorine-plant. It was taken over in 1923 by the German poisen gas specialist and entrepreneur Hugo Stoltzenberg from Hamburg in order to produce the war gas "Lost" for the German and the Soviet Army. After the failure of Stoltzenbergs engagement 1926 the plant was continued under Russian direction, while the German side beard the costs till the factory was able to produce in 1929. German funding, know-how and workers continued working at the facility. The factory delivered Lost and Diphosgen to the secret German (Reichswehr) test-area for chemical warefare at Shichany, nearby Volsk (about 100 miles southwest of Chapaevsk) and became one of the most important facilities for the Soviet chemical warfare production.
He returned back to German few weeks before Hitler came to power and later on that year all cooperation between the two countries ceased.
08-29-2009 10:58 PM