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German WWII Preliminary Record for POW Report for Lt. Gen Friedrich von Boetticher

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German WWII Preliminary Record for POW Report for Lt. Gen Friedrich von Boetticher-Friedrich von Boetticher was a German military officer who served as the military attaché of Germany to Washington DC from 1933 to 1941. While serving as attaché, he provided many intelligence reports to Berlin documenting the isolationist movement in the United States, and the state of military preparedness before Pearl Harbor. He was also very successful in establishing good relations with members of the American military establishment. So close was von Boetticher to some U. S. generals that he even turned over secret operational material to them as well. A loyal German, von Boetticher had strong ties to America. His mother was American-born, he spoke English fluently, and he was enamored of American military history. He was also anti-Semitic and believed that “Jewish wire-pullers” had undue influence over the U.S. government and its policies. His professional ties to U.S. Army officers in the War Department were so strong, supplying them, for example, with details on German air strength and operations during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Torn between his duty to Germany (though the Nazi regime had attempted to harm his son) and his deep affection for America, von Boetticher stood among the broad middle range of German officials who were neither perpetrator nor victim. An interesting book has been written about von Boetticher, it is called “Hitler's Ambivalent Attaché Lt. Gen. Friedrich Von Boetticher in America, 1933-1941” by Alfred Beck. 

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.