1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 18, 2021 8:03 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking records pertaining to Gerhard May

    Emile DEJEHANSART Wayfarer

      Hi, According to the testimony of Heinz Georg NEBENDAHL, questioned at the Atlanta airport on April 10, 1991 (cf 640446 Box52_Folder1-0135), Gerhard MAY served with him in the SS battalion Division Leibstandarte A. Hitler and would have been heard in this regard by an American service, in Darmstadt/Germany, on September 12, 1946. Where can we find the minutes of this hearing and the exact context of it? What was meant by the "83DPT" description? Finally, could you tell me how to find information on the National Socialist Relief Fund, called the "Julius Sturm", whose funds (placed in Switzerland before 1945, it seems) would have been used, according to some people, to finance the organizations that would be more particularly in charge of helping the Nazis on the run after the Liberation? Thanks for all.

        • Re: Seeking records pertaining to Gerhard May
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mr. Dejehansart,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series European Organization Name Index to the Series "Case Files, 1944-1949" in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153) that includes one card for Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. The series European Name Index to the Series "Case Files, 1944-1949" in Record Group 153 contains 4 references to Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler on images 252-255 of this file. The indexes have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. They primarily relate to the series Case Files, 1944-1949, which includes the files for case numbers 6-24-79, 11-19, and 12-1317 that are referenced on three of the Leibstandarte index cards. The files for case numbers 104-7A and 111-4 are located in the series Set-Up Files, 1944-1949 in Record Group 153. The case files may include information about the hearing that you are researching. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to these records.


          Next, we located the series Various Schutzstaffel (SS) Records, Einwandererzentralstelle, Waffen-SS, and SS-Oberabschnitte (Microfilm Publication T354) in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242) that contains some records related to the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler. Guides to these records are available online using NARA’s Microfilm Catalog. Enter the microfilm publication number (T354) and press the search button, and then select the PDF you wish to view from the results page. We also located the series Records Relating to Membership in the Schutzstaffeln (SS) of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) (Microfilm Publication A3343) in Record Group 242 that may include files for Nebendahl or for Gerhard May in the subseries SS Officer Personnel Files (SSO) or in the subseries SS Enlisted Men Personnel Files (SM). The indexes to these records are not available online. More information about the National Archives Captured German and Related Records on Microfilm is available on NARA’s website. The microfilm records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 for assistance with these records.


          Plus, we located the series Records Regarding Bank Investigations, 1945-1949 in the Records of U.S. Occupation Headquarters, World War II (Record Group 260) and the series Correspondence, Memoranda, and Reports, 1942-1963 in the Records of the Office of Alien Property (Record Group 131) that contain some information related to Swiss banks during and after World War II. In addition, we located 8 series related to the Safehaven Program in Record Group 131 and in the Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the United States (Record Group 84) that might include some useful information about banks in Switzerland during and after the war. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 with questions about these and similar records.


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          Finally, “83 DPT” from Nebendahl's testimony refers to a code used in the computer system [most likely the Department of State's Automated Visa Lookout System (AVLOS)] employed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in airports to identify individuals who were to be detained, refused entry to the U.S., and so forth. More information about AVLOS is available on the website for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).


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