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    Just picked up this wedding invitation for an SS Obersturmfeuhrer.

    Looks like he was some kind of diplomat too

    Nick
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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! I wonder if he was connected to the automotive Benz's...
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Quote by Wagriff View Post
    Interesting! I wonder if he was connected to the automotive Benz's...
    Yes I wonder that too William

    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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    Quote by Woolgar View Post
    Looks like he was some kind of diplomat too
    He was an aspirant/candidate [Anwärter] in the high-grade career group of the diplomatic service.

    Apparently, this was his peacetime occupation, interrupted by his wartime military service.

    Officials [Beamte] were/are classed into 4 career groups requiring successively higher levels of education/qualification:

    • Einfacher Dienst [lit. "simple service" or "basic service", the lowest-grade career group]
    • Mittlerer Dienst [lit. "middle service" or "medium service", the mid-level career group]
    • Gehobener Dienst [lit. "elevated service", the elevated career group]
    • Höherer Dienst [lit. "higher service", the high-grade career group; usually requiring a university degree]
    Last edited by HPL2008; 03-09-2014 at 02:09 PM.

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    Thank you Andreas !!

    As always that is very helpful

    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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    You're welcome Nick. Oh, and by the way: It's not actually an invitation, it's simply an announcement of the wedding. ["...beehren sich ihre am 9. Januar 1944 in Waidhofen an der Ybbs stattfindende Vermählung anzuzeigen" = "have the honor to announce their wedding taking place on 9th January at Waidhofen an der Ybbs"]

    Note that the date of the card and the date of the wedding are identical. That would be rather short notice for an invitation...

    This would have been sent to those friends, acquaintances, colleagues, distant relatives etc. who had not been invited to the actual event in order to inform them of the wedding.

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    Thanks for educating me once again Andreas!!

    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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    wonder if he survived to live with his new bride.

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    Half a dozen pages of Benz , Hans , Johann etc on the Volksbund site plus 55 pages in total with the name Benz.
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Quote by Paul E View Post
    Half a dozen pages of Benz , Hans , Johann etc on the Volksbund site plus 55 pages in total with the name Benz.
    A common surname then !

    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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