German WWII Preliminary Record for POW Report

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German WWII Preliminary Record for POW Report-This POW preliminary paperwork is for an individual named Walter Buch. Not only was he Martin Bormann’s father-in-law, he was President of the Supreme Court of the NAZI Party. He joined the party in 1922, and became one of the highest party officials, and eventually held the rank of SS Gruppenführer. Buch was arrested by American forces on 30 April 1945. He was categorized as a “major offender” by a denazification court on 3 July 1948 and sentenced to five years in a labor camp. An appeal on 29 July 1949 reaffirmed his status as a major offender but reduced his sentence to three and a half years and he was released on the basis of time served. A few weeks after his release from prison, on 12 September 1949, he ended his own life by slitting his wrists and throwing himself into the Ammersee. 

Note: These are original vintage reprints of Prisoner of War Preliminary reports These are guaranteed as described. This paperwork would have been a prisoner “intake form”, with all of the individual’s personal details including the prisoner's name, fingerprints, place of birth, next of kin, date of capture, date of arrival, date of transfer, physical description, distinguishing marks, etc.

Copies of these would have been supplied to the different departments that needed access to this information. This is one of the vintage reprints that survived from the infamous Allied prisoner-of-war camp in the Palace Hotel of Mondorf-les-Bains, in Luxembourg, code named "Camp Ashcan". Each card is annotated "CCPWE #32", an abbreviation for the Central Continental Prisoner of War Enclosure #32. Operating from May to August 1945, it served as a processing station and interrogation center for the 86 most prominent surviving Nazi leaders prior to their trial in Nuremberg, including Hermann Göring and Karl Dönitz.