WOW, what a finding was presented to me by our fellow collector G.J. when we met once again for a collectors meeting at Lake Constance a few days ago. What you see here is a quite rare German Empire passport issued by the United States of America at the US Consulate General in Moscow 1915! You might think “How is this possible?”
American Consulate General in Moscow, German passport 1915, very rare!
We need to take a look into the chronology of WWI which has it’s source with the Assassination at Sarajevo of Archduke Ferdinand (28th June, 1914). Just a few weeks later Germany declares war on Russia (1st August, 1914). Around this date the United States of America handled the German interests in Russia as a German Consulate or Embassy wasn’t any longer in function.
The passport shown here is for sure one of the rarest travel documents a collector can find especially related to WWI history. At wartimes it’s not that unusual that “neutral” countries handled the interests for a country at “enemies soil”. See also WWII when the Swiss Legation handled German interests in the United Kingdom as these two countries were at war. See picture.
German NS passport renewed by the Special Division Swiss Legation in London, very rare!
However a German Empire passport issued by the United States of America is something very unique and I see such a document the very first time. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing Gerhard!