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Dear Ms. Mader,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 29 series, 157 file units & 114 items in various record groups relating to German Prisoners of War during the 1940s. Within these records, we especially suggest looking into the files located in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) including series titled Records Relating to German Prisoners of War During World War II, 1943-1952 and Records Relating to Enemy Prisoners of War During World War II, 1942-1947 as they may contain information you are interested in. Please note that some of the records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. For access to non-digitized records, please contact the unit listed in the description.
Individuals being transferred from the U.S. Zone of Germany to Poland in 1947 may have been extradited at the request of the Polish government for the purpose of war crimes investigation. We suggest that you search the series titled European Name Index to the Series “Case Files, 1944-1949,” 1944-1949 in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153). Please note that these index cards have been digitized and may be viewed and downloaded using the Catalog. Further, we suggest that you review records in the series titled Intelligence and Investigative Dossiers Personal Files, ca. 1977-ca. 2004 in the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319), First Release of Name Files Under the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Acts, 9/18/1947-1999, and Second Release of Name Files Under the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Acts, 1981-2002 in the Records of the Central Intelligence Agency (Record Group 263). For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com.
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The personnel records of World War II German prisoners of war were returned to Germany. For access to these records, please write to the Bundesarchiv - Abteilung PA, Eichborndamm 179, 13403 Berlin, Germany. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!