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SS Totenkopf Officer Feldpost+Photo+Documents lot

Article about: Just secured this fascinating lot of a Totenkopf officer and his family. Feldposts, documents about his death payment to family, docs/letters about his time in SS Schule Braunshweig ,many pe

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    Just purchased more additions to the grouping.

    There are some very rare SS Totenkopf Standarte 11 stamps among these, also 2 Feldposts written directly from SS-Junkerschule Braunshweig and couple of docs related to his death and belongings!

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    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Interesting grouping.

    Apparently he was from a German emigrant family or (probably more likely) a German family that spent some time overseas and eventually returned to Germany. Note that the certficate of inheritance states (rather unspecifically) that he was born in America, which is also given as his last residence.

    The letter by his father - whose occupation is given as Kaufmann (merchant, businessman etc.) to the district court with which he applied for said certificate gives Guatemela as the place of his son's birth.

    Also note that he was not KIA outright; his place of death was the reserve military hospital at Braunschweig; cause of death is given as being "due to wounds". He died on 9th August 1941. I can see an envelope from the hospital with a postal stamp for 12th July 1941, so I take it that he actually spent some time at the hospital.

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    Andreas, thank you very much !

    I didnt want to bother you with a translation but I was secretly hoping you would

    This is super information

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    SS-Braunschweig Junkerschule was also the site of a Buchenwald satellite camp. A small detachment of inmates were transferred from the main camp to do repairs and construction work. The administration paid 4RM per day for the seventeen prisoners, among whom were painters, carpenters etc. The accommodation, food and guards were supplied by the SS-Junkerschule - with an additional Blockführer arriving from KZ-Buchenwald. This particular sub-camp only lasted for several weeks during autumn 1941 - for the duration of the work, but was followed later by another similar repairs/construction project, again undertaken by prisoners from the main camp, in 1942, when more inmates arrived and the work period was extended. Information regarding these prisoners and their work at the Junkerschule was found among correspondence between SS-Sturmbannführer Mohr, head of administration at Braunschweig-Junkerschule, and Arbeitserziehungsführer (labour service officer) SS-Hauptsturmführer Philipp Grimm, who served at Buchenwald. Kommandants Karl Koch and Hermann Pister also assisted in the arrangement of the transportation of inmates from the main camp.
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    Great info Carl, thank you !

    Here is a photo of Commander of SS- Braunschweig Junckerschule Arno Altvater -Mackensen.

    Also some catering documents

    These are not my items by the way (sadly)

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    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Just added a third lot to this Totenkopf soldiers grouping.

    More SS Feldpost from Braunschweig, letter and period postcards with a view of the front of Ellwangen Kaserne and SS- Junkerschule Braunschweig

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    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    An American born to German parents who decided to go to his so-called Fatherland (probably at the instigation of his father, no doubt) and joined the Totenkopf SS, only to have his SS career end before the year 1941 was even done. Looks like he should have stayed in the States... Does it say where he was when he was wounded? An interesting group lot, for sure!
    William

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    Quote by Wagriff View Post
    An American born to German parents who decided to go to his so-called Fatherland (probably at the instigation of his father, no doubt) and joined the Totenkopf SS, only to have his SS career end before the year 1941 was even done. Looks like he should have stayed in the States... Does it say where he was when he was wounded? An interesting group lot, for sure!
    Thanks William, no I cant find that info as yet

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Strangely enough they didn't used him for intelligence related work.
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    Quote by TrondK View Post
    Strangely enough they didn't used him for intelligence related work.
    Good point !

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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