3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 8, 2021 12:17 PM by Sylvia Naylor

    Seeking list of German POWs in Allendorf, Germany

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      Seeking a list of German Officers held prisoner in Allendorf,Germany. I have a painting done by one of the prisoners in Allendorf in 1946. The painting depicts the camp enclosure.  I would like to find out who the man was. It is signed but the signature is hard to decipher and I am hoping that a list of the prisoners held there in 1946 might give me a clue to follow.

        • Re: Seeking list of German POWs in Allendorf, Germany
          Sylvia Naylor Scout

          Dear Mr. Beringer,

           

          Thank you for posting your inquiry on History Hub!

           

          Since it appears you are interested in the Foreign Military Studies Program, we searched the National Archives Catalog for any records relating to the Foreign Military Studies Program of the Historical Division, United States Army, Europe, and of predecessor commands since 1945. The Program employed former high-ranking officers of the German Armed Forces to produce studies on the German World War II military effort.  The search produced the following results.  Within these records, we suggest checking some of the indexes to the studies as they usually include the names of the authors. 

           

          Also, we suggest reviewing records microfilmed as the National Archives Microfilm Publication M1035 titled “Guide to Foreign Military Studies” as they may contain information of interest to you.  This Microfilm Publication may be viewed free of charge in the Microfilm Reading Room at the National Archives at College Park, MD.  Prior to your visit, please consult College Park websites at https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/self-service-copying.html, and https://www.archives.gov/research/start/getting-started.pdf.

           

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




          • Re: Seeking list of German POWs in Allendorf, Germany
            ED Horn Newbie

            Could the signature be "Ernst Johann Horn" or "Johann Ernst Horn?" My late father-in-law was interred in one of these camps and he was a very talented painter.

              • Re: Seeking list of German POWs in Allendorf, Germany
                Sylvia Naylor Scout

                Dear Mr. Horn,

                 

                Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                 

                We searched the descriptive pamphlet for Microfilm Publication M1035 titled “Guide to Foreign Military Studies, 1945-1954” for “Ernst Johann Horn” and “Johann Ernst Horn” and were not able to locate these names in the pamphlet. As suggested in our previous response, you might want to check indexes to various series relating to the Foreign Military Studies Program as they usually include names of the authors. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

                 

                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.

                 

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