VERY RARE ORIGINAL AUSWEIS (ID CARD) OF

A FEMALE AUFSEHERIN (GUARD) AT

KONZENTRATIONSLAGER Flossenbürg

(Flossenbürg concentration camp)

THIS WAS THE 289th SS GUARD ID DOCUMENT ISSUED AT THIS

CONCENTRATION CAMP, WELL KNOWN FOR THE HARD SS REGIME

AND THE DEADLY WORK CONDITIONS IN THE NEARBY STONE QUARRIES

Ausweis Nr. 289 was issued to the "Aufseherin" (guard) Elfriede Förster, born 18 May 1919 (which means she must have been in her early twenties when she became a member of the SS and KL guard). The text below the date of birth says that she is allowed to carry weapons while on duty in the camp and that all other government authorities are supposed to help her! The document is signed (?) by the commander of the Konzentrations-lager (KL or concentration camp) Flossenbürg who was in the rank of a SS-Obersturmführer. The ID photo has been removed, probably from Elfriede herself in or after 1945 because it was not very advantageous to be recognized as a former guard in a Nazi concentration camp but about two third of the official KL Flossenbürg rubber stamp is still there and Elfriede's original signature.

On the back of this very rare document it says that the commander of Flossenbürg concentration camp has to be informed immedately in case that the owner of this document should have an accident.

the infamous stone quarry (which is still in use today!)

Offered for sale is a

VERY RARE ORIGINAL AUSWEIS (ID CARD) OF

A FEMALE AUFSEHERIN (GUARD) AT

KONZENTRATIONSLAGER Flossenbürg

(Flossenbürg concentration camp)

THIS WAS THE 289th SS GUARD ID DOCUMENT ISSUED AT THIS CONCENTRATION CAMP WHICH WAS INFAMOUS FOR THE HARD SS REGIME AND THE DEADLY WORK CONDITIONS IN THE NEARBY STONE QUARRIES

Flossenbürg concentration camp was built in 1938 at Flossenbürg, a town in the Oberpfalz region of Bavaria. In World War II, most of the inmates sent to KL Flossenbürg, or to one of the about 100 sub-camps, came from the German-occupied eastern territories. The camp's site was chosen so that the inmates could be used as unpaid labor to quarry the granite found in the nearby hills. The inmates in Flossenbürg were housed in 16 huge wooden barracks, its crema-torium was built in a valley straight outside the camp.

By 1945, there were almost 40,000 inmates held in the whole Flossenbürg camp system, including almost 11,000 women. Inmates were made to work in the Flossenbürg camp quarry and in armaments making. Underfeeding, sickness, and overwork was rife among the inmates, and with the harshness of the guards, this treatment killed thousands of inmates. On September 1, 1944 Flossenbürg became a training camp for extremely large numbers of female guards (Aufseherinnen) who were recruited from factories all over Germany and Poland. All together, over 500 women were trained in the camp and staffed the main camp as well as the subcamps. Some of these subcamps were Dresden Ilke Werke, Freiberg, Helmbrechts, Holleischen, Leitmeritz, Mehltheur, Neustadt (near Coburg), Nürnberg-Siemens, Oederan, and Zwodau, and it is known that six SS women staffed the Gundelsdorf subcamp in Czechoslovakia.

It is estimated that between April of 1944 and April of 1945, more than 1500 death sentences were carried out here. In early April of 1945, as American forces were approaching the camp, the SS began the forced evacuation of 22,000 inmates, leaving behind only those too sick to walk. On the death march to Dachau, SS guards shot any inmate too sick to keep up. Before they reached Dachau, more than 7,000 inmates had been shot or had collapsed and died. By the time the U.S. Army 90th Infantry Division freed Flossenbürg on April 23, 1945 more than 30,000 inmates had died.

THIS VERY RARE ORIGINAL AUSWEIS (ID CARD)

OF A FEMALE AUFSEHERIN (GUARD) AT

KONZENTRATIONSLAGER Flossenbürg

(Flossenbürg concentration camp)

IS OFFERED FOR SALE

FOR $1,575.00

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