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Old 07-05-2004, 02:07 PM
Richard T Eger Richard T Eger is offline
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The following information was supplied to me today by Larry deZeng. It was a response to an inquiry by a fellow seeking information about the fate of his father's crew after their plane went down at or near Magdeburg.

"WASt = Deutsche Dienststelle für die Benachrichtigung der nächsten Angehörigen von Gefallenen der ehemaligen deutschen Wehrmacht (German Office for Notification of Next of Kin of Members of the Former Wehrmacht Killed on Active Service). You must go through WASt to obtain hospital information (incl. medical treatment of P/Ws) from the Krankenbuchlager (Depository for Hospital and Medical Records) located at Wattstraße 11-13, 1000 Berlin 65.

WASt's address is: Eichborndamm 167-209, 1000 Berlin 51. Both of these are 15- year-old addresses, but the website will give you the new ones. WASt also has a bi-lingual website at: www.com-de.com/wast/index.htm . Their rules are as follows: for non-family members they will only provide information if it is 10 years or more after the individual's death or 90 years after the individual's date of birth. The charge in force on 20 June 2003 was $8.00 per page for non-official (un-notarized) photocopies.

BA-MA is the Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv in Freiburg. The RL 40/Kart Flak maps are there You will find lots more on BA-MA on the website www.lwag.org in the "Archives in Germany" forums, including the address and how to write to them.

These German government agencies will correspond with you in English (both ways), but it takes a little longer that way. Imagine the clerk of your hometown's courthouse getting a letter of inquiry written in German. You can imagine what would happen. At least most German agencies will process your inquiry and respond in English, albeit reluctantly.

A couple of other points. Expect 3 to 5 months from the time you write to the time you get a reply. Nearly all Luftwaffe records were destroyed at the end of the war, so people will have to do a lot of searching to try and answer your questions. That's why I suggested the Magdeburg city archivist as a possible shortcut. Some city historian may have already done the basic research and they may know right where to put their finger on it."

Thanks, Larry.

Regards,
Richard
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