Addresses for Information and Research

The following listing is of a number of important contacts for information on WWII German soldiers, various units, matters of importance to familiy members or relatives, and details on MIAs and KIAs. It consists of the main organization, archives, groups, museums, governmental offices, etc, that should be contacted if you are searching for any of the above types of information. Included are archival contact addresses as well addresses for individual unit organizations and veterans groups.

Whomever you contact, the process will not likely be a quick one, and waits of a number of months are often common. Certain contacts also require proof of family relation when seeking information on a specific person, as kinship or family relation is a requirement for some organizations.

It is best to attempt to write the contact first and gauge if they are able to process your request for help before jumping head-long into a detailed query. Written request can be made in English if needed, although keep in mind, your sending mail to another country, and people across the planet don't always speak your first language. Depending on the contact, replies will often not be in English.

When you contact any of these various groups and organizations, please take the time to mention this web site!


Bundesarchiv - Militärarchiv
Federal Records Office - Military Archive


Mission:

Address:

Postfach, 79024 Freiburg
Wiesentalstrasse 10
79115 Freiburg
Deutschland

Phone: ++ (0761) 47817-0
Fax: ++ (0761) 47817-900



Bundesarchiv - Zentralnachweisstelle
Federal Central Record Office


Mission:

The offical Institution which houses documents and information of historical importance to the German Federal Republic. A great deal of information it holds relates to WWII, and is available for use by researchers and authors. As per the Bundesarchiv: "Everybody shall upon application have the right to use Federal archival documents more than 30 years old unless legal stipulations provide otherwise..."

Address:

Bundesarchiv-Zentralnachweisstelle
Abteigarten 6
D-52076 Aachen
Deutschland

Phone: ++ 024 081470
Fax: ++ 024 0811437

On the web:

http://www.bundesarchiv.de



Bundesarchiv-Personalarchiv
Federal Records Office - Personnel Archives


Mission:

As a branch of the German Federal Archive system, this office is a contact point for information on specific personnel questions relating to those who survived WWII. For information on German veterans MIA or KIA during WWII, please see WASt below.

Address:

Bundesarchiv-Personalarchiv
Abteigarten 6
52076 Aachen
Deutschland

Phone: 011-49-2408-1470



Bundesministerium der Verteidigung
Ministry of Defense


Mission:

Address:

Bundesministerium der Verteidigung
Postfach 13 28
53003 Bonn
Deutschland



Deutsche Dienstelle (WASt)
Wehrmacht Information Office for War Losses and PoWs


Mission:

For the notification of next-of-kin of members of the former German Wehrmacht who were killed in action. The WASt can help with the following:

  • Provide certificates confirming a person was killed in action.
  • Providing supporting documentation when applying for death certificates.
  • Help solve MIA cases.
  • Help decode Wehrmacht identity discs.
  • Help decode Wehrmacht Field Post Office Numbers.
  • Provide known locations of war graves.
  • Aid in the administration of personal effects.
  • Provide records of Military Service.
  • Provide certificates required by the Social Security Services, Ministry of Pensions, etc.
  • Provide proof of time spent as a POW.
  • Provide proof of decorations and Honour Awards.
  • Provide proof of nationality.

    Please note that in accordance with the German Data Protection Law the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) is only allowed to provide information to the persons concerned, their relatives or their legal heirs, or to Authorities in the carrying out of their legal duties.

    History of the WASt:

    Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, the National Information Office was opened in Berlin W 30, in accordance with Article 77 of the Geneva Convention of 27.07.29 dealing with the treatment of prisoners-of-war. It took up its duties on 26.08.39 as Office of the Wehrmacht High Command with the title "Wehrmacht Information Office for War Losses and P.o.W.s" or WASt. In addition to providing information about foreign prisoners-of-war its main tasks were the registration of German Wehrmacht casualties (wounds, illness, deaths, MIAs), the processing of these cases including personal status control and official grave service. In August 1943 the Wehrmacht Information Office was moved to Thuringia, part of it being stored in Saalfeld and part in Meiningen. After the occupation of Thuringia, from the 12.04.45 onwards, the WASt worked under the supervision of the American Military Commission. On the 01.07.1945, immediately before Soviet troops took over in Thuringia, the Americans moved the WASt to Fürstenhagen near Kassel. At the end of January 1946 the WASt returned to Berlin and received its present name, which is a literal translation of the American designation. On the 14.06.46 the Allied Control Commission decreed that the WASt was to continue its work created by national and international commitments. At the same time the French section of the Control Commission took over the administration of the WASt. During the early post-war years the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) received many comprehensive records of other military and para-military organisations. In addition, in December 1990, it took over a large amount of records of the one-time Wehrmacht for evaluation. These records had been stored in the Military Archives Potsdam and the State Archives of the one-time GDR substation Dornburg near Zerbst/Anhalt. Owing to post-war laws the original task of the WASt has increased considerably. Because of its unique material the Information Office is approached by private individuals as well as authorities dealing with cases which concern Wehrmacht service and its effect in numerous areas. After an Administration Agreement on the 09.01.51 between the Federal Government and the Land Berlin the Information Office (WASt) became an Authority of the Land Berlin. It is part of the Senate Adminstration of Health and Social Security subordinate to the President of Department of Health and Social Security Berlin.

    Address:

    Deutsche Dienstelle (WASt)
    Postfach 51 06 57
    D-13400 Berlin
    Deutschland

    Phone: +49 (030) 41904-100
    Fax: +49 (030) 41904-100

    On the web:

    http://www.com-de.pair.com/wast



  • Munin Verlag/Der Freiwillige/HIAG:
    Munin Publishers/The Volunteer/Waffen-SS Mutal Aid Association


    Mission:

    Munin Verlag is the publisher of a number of very detailed and very highly regarded books on the Waffen-SS and German Wehrmacht. Munin also publishes the Waffen-SS veterans magazine Der Freiwillige. Munin Verlag is also the contact point for information on the main Waffen-SS veterans organization, HIAG, which serves as the Waffen-SS veterans relief organization.

    Address:

    Munin Verlag GmbH
    Postfach 30 23
    49020 Osnabrueck
    Deutschland

    Update!

    Munin-Verlag stopped it's production some years ago. Although it appears Der Freiwillige is still being published, the other Munin Verlag titles are now being regularly reprinted by the following publishing house:

    DVG Postfach 1180
    D-32352 Preußisch Oldendorf
    Deutschland

    Phone: 05742/930444
    Fax: 05742/930455



    Verband des Krieges
    German War Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Address:

    Verband des Krieges
    Wurzerstr. 2-4
    D-53175 Bonn
    Deutschland



    Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
    German Red Cross


    Mission:

    The German branch of the international Red Cross, the world-wide emergency relief organization. The DRK was active during WWII, and also maintains a great deal of documents and information pertaining to WWII.

    Address:

    Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
    Friedrich-Ebert-Allee
    D-5300 Bonn
    Deutschland

    or

    Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
    Suchdienst München
    Chiemgaustrasse 109
    D-81549 München (Munich)
    Deutschland

    On the web:

    http://www.rotkreuz.de/



    Heimatort Kartei
    Expellee Card-Index


    Mission:

    The Heimatort Kartei is a church supported organization (Caritas) which collects former addresses and present whereabouts of Germans from the areas of Germany that are now Polish or Russian territory.

    Address:

    Heimatort Kartei
    Auf dem Kreuz 41
    86150 Augsburg
    Deutschland



    Internationaler Suchdienst Arolsen
    International Tracing Service Arolsen


    Mission:

    Address:




    Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge
    German War Graves Commission


    Mission:

    This commission maintains German war graves all across the world. It has an extensive database of fallen or missing German soldiers, with the location of their graves (if known). They help to promote peace and understanding while at the same time preserving the graves and last resting places of hundreds of thousands lost during WWII, in Germany and abroad. They also promote grave restoration projects, reburials, memorial dedications, and youth education projects on the fallen of WWII.

    Address:

    Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräbefürsorge
    Werner-Hilpert Strasse 2
    D-34112 Kassel
    Deutschland

    On the web:

    http://www.volksbund.de/homepage.htm



    Arbeidsgemeinschaft für Kameradenwerke und Traditionsverbaende e.V.
    Kameraden Veterans Magazine


    Mission:

    This is the veterans publication known as Kameraden. Kameraden is the official veterans newsletter for German WWII veterans. It lists reunions, has WWII-related articles, personality profiles, editorials, and also covers the combat activities of the modern Bundeswehr in the Balkans. The annual international subcription rate is 85 Deutsche Marks ($47). It comes out 10 times a year. Each issue is between 40-60 pages long.

    Address:

    Arbeidsgemeinschaft für Kameradenwerke und Traditionsverbaende e.V.
    Tuebinger Strasse 12-16
    D-70178 Stuttgart
    Deutschland

    Phone: 00-49-711-2260620
    Fax: 00-49-711-2260794



    Norwegian War Veterans from Finland
    Norwegian War Veterans from Finland


    Mission:


    Address:

    Pb 2348 Solli
    N-0201 Oslo
    Norway



    Institute for Norwegian Occupation Research
    Institute for Norwegian Occupation Research


    Mission:


    Address:

    Pb 3239
    N-0208 Oslo
    Norway



    Aid organization for Norwegian Volunteers
    Aid organization for Norwegian Volunteers


    Mission:


    Address:

    Pn 1407 Vika
    N-0115 Oslo
    Norway



    Sint Maartensfonds
    Flemish WWII Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Contact point for information on the Flemish Axis volunteers and their units during WWII.

    Address:

    Sint Maartensfonds
    Blancefloerlaan 165/33
    2050 Antwerpen
    Belgium



    Gemeinshaft der Luftwaffe Jagdflieger
    Organization of Air Force Fighter Pilots


    Mission:

    This is the main contact for information on Luftwaffe fighter groups and associations in Germany, as well for information on living and deceased Luftwaffe fighter pilots. This organization also publishes a newsletter called Jagerblatt which covers various topics related to the Luftwaffe and its pilots and veterans.

    Address:

    Gemeinshaft der Jagdflieger
    Vereinigung der Flieger
    Deutscher Streitkrafte e.V.
    Willi Gobel
    Krahwinkeler Strasse 34A
    D-53797 Lohmar
    Deutschland



    I.SS-Panzerkorps (1.SS-Pz.Div. und 12.SS-Pz.Div.)
    1st SS Panzer Corps (1st and 12 SS Panzer Divisions)


    Mission:

    Contact point for information on the I.SS-Panzerkorps

    Address:

    Patrick Agte
    Zurmaiener Str. 57
    D-54292 Trier
    Deutschland



    2.SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich
    2nd SS Panzer Division Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Contact point for information about members and units of the Waffen-SS 2.SS-Panzer-Division during WWII.

    Address:

    Heid Rühl
    Im Rheinfeld 18
    D-64521 Groß-Gerau
    Deutschland



    9.SS-Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen
    9th SS Panzer Division Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Contact point for information about members and units of the Waffen-SS 9.SS-Panzer-Division during WWII.

    Address:

    Helmut Hennig
    Am Wintersberg 3
    D-63619 Bad Orb
    Deutschland



    10.SS-Panzer-Division Frundsberg
    10th SS Panzer Division Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Contact point for information about members and units of the Waffen-SS 10.SS-Panzer-Division during WWII.

    Address:

    Karl Godau
    Semmelweisring 16
    D-38440 Wolfsburg
    Deutschland



    17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen
    17th SS Armored Infantry Division Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Contact point for information about members and units of the Waffen-SS 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division during WWII. Be warned, it is said that Günther is not willing to lend any assistance to Americans!

    Address:

    Helmut Günther
    Lohweg 3
    D-35282 Rauschenberg.
    Deutschland



    Wehrmacht Heer 2.Panzer-Divsion
    Army 2nd Panzer Division Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Contact point for information about members and units of the Wehrmacht Heer 2.Panzer-Division during WWII.

    Address:

    2.Panzer-Div.
    Franz Steinzer
    PO Box 159
    A-1061 Wien
    Osterreich



    Wehrmacht Heer 9.Panzer-Division
    Army 9th Panzer Division Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Contact point for information about members and units of the Wehrmacht Heer 9.Panzer-Division during WWII.

    Address:

    9.Panzer-Div.
    Rudolf Wallner
    PO Box 63
    A-1061 Wien
    Osterreich



    Wehrmacht Heer 11.Panzer-Division
    Army 11th Panzer Division Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Contact point for information about members and units of the Wehrmacht Heer 11.Panzer-Division during WWII.

    Address:

    11.Panzer-Div.
    Karl Heinz Loschke
    Haferkamp 37
    D-38112 Braunschweig
    Deutschland



    Wehrmacht Heer 13.Panzer-Division
    Army 13th Panzer Division Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Contact point for information about members and units of the Wehrmacht Heer 13.Panzer-Division during WWII.

    Address:

    13.Panzer-Div.
    Gen.Maj. a.D. Helmut Fischer
    Am Stadion 6
    D-32602 VLOTHO
    Deutschland



    Wehrmacht Heer Panzer-Lehr-Division
    Army Panzer-Lehr Division Veterans Organization


    Mission:

    Contact point for information about members and units of the Wehrmacht Heer Panzer-Lehr-Division during WWII.

    Address:

    Panzer-Lehr-Div
    Bernd Hillmann
    Auf dem Kampe 23
    D-29355 Beedenbostel
    Deutschland

    Other known addresses for this unit:

    Kameradschaft Panzerlehrdivision und Panzerlehrbataillon 94. e.V.
    Wenzigerstrasse 18
    79291 Merdingen
    Deutschland

    Phone: 076 6878 94

    Oberst a.D. Juergen Boss
    Fuggerstrasse 3
    49811 Lingen/Ems
    Deutschland

    Phone: 059 0696 0040