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What does this letter refer to please?

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    Default Re: What does this letter refer to please?

    A little further help:
    the abbreviation Ob.Std.Dir. means Oberstudiendirektor, which translates as:
    a headmaster/principal for a Secondary Modern School (High School) and a
    (Secondary) Grammar School. One cannot put a high price on such a letter!

    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    Quote by alikat View Post
    So I'm guessing that a letter to your daughters boss/headmaster doesn't rank very high in the collectability ratings! Would it have any value?
    It may not have much monetary value, probably a few dollars. But it is a interesting social document, a primary source for that period of German history. Wedendorf is about half way between Hamburg and Rostok and, after the war, was in the Russian zone. The most important thing the letter tells me is that right up to the end of the war, within a couple of weeks of the surrender, German schools in the areas not yet over run were still active and kids were still going to school. Perhaps the other comments are correct in their sentiments, a parent keeping his child close to home as the Red Army was advancing. Note also the Heil Hitler salutation, very common during the TR era, still being used when it must have been clear that, for Germany, the war was lost. So look upon it as a piece of social WWII German homefront documentation. I would be very happy to have that letter.

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