2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 9, 2020 5:58 AM by Winfried Schrödter

    Seeking interrogation report of Herbert Schrodter


      Hello, My dad, HERBERT SCHRÖDTER (-> SCHROEDTER, SCHRODTER?), ex-German Army 1st Lieutenant and Company Commander, was released from Soviet captivity in Oct 1949. Some time later he was called to Frankfort for an interrogation by some US unit about things he might have noticed while in captivity. I'd like to find the relevant interrogation report. Searched "search.archives.gov" and "catalog.archives.gov" without success. At the moment, I'm editing his diary for publication. Thanks in advance.

        • Re: Seeking interrogation report of Herbert Schrodter
          Sylvia Naylor Scout

          Dear Mr. Schrödter,


          Thank you for posting your inquiry on History Hub!


          Your father may have been interrogated as part of the “Wringer Project,” an attempt of the United States Air Force to ascertain Soviet activities based on information provided by former German and Japanese prisoners of war of the Soviet Union. 


          The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of a series of records located in the Records of Headquarters U.S. Airforce (Air Staff) (Record Group 341) titled “Reports of Returning Prisoners of War and Detainees under Soviet Control, 1949-1955.” We suggest reviewing the records in this series as they may be of interest to your research.


          We also searched the National Archives Catalog for any records on “Wringer reports.”  The search produced the following results.  We also entered “Project Wringer” as a keyword.  The search results for this keyword may be viewed here.


          For access to these records mentioned above, please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          In addition, the Library of Congress has custody of the “Wringer Collection.”  Please visit this link for more information.


          We hope this information is helpful.  Best of luck with your family research!


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