2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 29, 2020 6:48 PM by John Fritz

    Seeking records of Germans POWs in France during & after WWII


      I am looking for records of German POWs in France before and after WWII. My father was a German soldier captured by Americans in Amneville near Metz around November, 1944.  After his capture, he was put in a large POW camp next to the city of Mailly-le-camp. In March, 1945, he was moved to Sidi Brahim Barracks in Étain, France.

        • Re: Seeking records of Germans POWs in France during & after WWII
          Sylvia Naylor Scout

          Dear Mr. Fritz,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 3 series, 88 file units, and 27 items in various record groups that include any records relating to “German POWs” and “France” during the 1940s. Some of the records have been digitized and might be viewed online using the Catalog. We also located 29 series in various record groups that include records relating to German POWs in general during WWII. For access to non-digitized records, please contact the reference units listed in the descriptions.


          If your father was an officer, we suggest that review records located in the series titled Copies of German Armed Forces Personnel Files, 1947?-1966 in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242).  For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email 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 and various other NARA units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Please note that the personnel records of World War II German Prisoners of War (POWs) were returned to Germany and may be accessed via the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt).  The web site is https://www.dd-wast.de/


          Lastly, we suggest that you contact the Directeur des Archives de France, 60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75141 Paris, France since your father was a prisoner-of-war in France. The web site is https://www.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/.


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


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