07-19-2015, 02:40 PM
This has to be the man in question (apparently, the paper misspelled his name):
by Wilhelm Saris
Name: Zschirnt Kurt
Date of birth: 10 Jan. 1897
NSDAP no.: 3 064 682
SS no.: 308 267
SS Promotion dates:
- 1 Aug. 1938 - Untersturmführer
- 20 April 1939 - Obersturmführer
- 9 Nov. 1942 - Sturmbannführer
- 9 Nov. 1943 - Obersturmbannführer
Military rank: Oberleutnant der Reserve
- RuS-Hauptamt (as per SS-DAL of 1 Dec. 1938 and 1 Oct. 1943)
- 74. Standarte (as per SS-DAL of 1 Oct. 1944)
Awards and decorations: Ritterkreuz des Kriegsverdienskreuzes ohne Schwerter, Kriegsverdienstkreuz ohne Schwerter 1. und 2. Klasse, Eisernes Kreuz 1. und 2. Klasse (WW1), Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer, Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz (WW1), SS-Ehrenring. The press photograph also shows the Schlesischer Adler 1. Klasse.
Other data: Member of Lebensborn e.V.
(Data compiled from the SS-Dienstalterslisten [SS officer seniority lists] of 1 Dec. 1938 (+ addendum), 1 Oct. 1943 and 1 Oct. 1944.)
07-19-2015 02:40 PM
07-19-2015, 02:50 PM
Thanks HPL2008. Yes, newspapers often misspelled names.
"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
07-19-2015, 06:30 PM
07-19-2015, 06:31 PM
The book on training and education in the SS that is out in the last year has a lot to say about how the Allgemeine SS worked, and how it did thus in wartime.
07-19-2015, 06:39 PM
which is to say that everyone misspells German names, including my own German name and many more.
by Wilhelm Saris
07-19-2015, 07:33 PM
It also describes in great detail how young farmers and farmers' sons were actively encouraged to join the SS and how agronomers, senior figures of the farming community and other personnel from Darrés "blood and soil" sphere played a key role in the early years of the SS' internal system for ideological indoctrination, and also how they were increasingly replaced by professional teachers and docents of various kinds in the later years.
The highly decorated farmer and SS officer Zschirnt was surely a man after Himmler's and Darré's heart (although the latter had, of course, pretty much faded into insignifcance by the time the above photo was taken).
Misspelled name... story of my life.
07-19-2015, 07:44 PM
Bravo, Andreas and our warm thanks.
08-19-2015, 03:52 AM
08-19-2015, 06:17 AM
The above is a bomb proof primary source versus a collector picture book.
Of if it is a fake, please say so now so I do not mislead anyone.
08-19-2015, 07:21 AM
Thanks for the references, FB. I will read through this thread tomorrow.