Interesting German Passport 1939 issued in London

Interesting German Passport London

THIS passport is not only a fascinating document regarding the “ANSCHLUSS” of Austria into Nazi-Germany, but it also shows the influence of NAZISM abroad on German citizens. In this case, the German Embassy in London forced a maid to return to Germany! Interesting German Passport London

26 year young Austrian-born Maria Paintner got permission to “Land at Dover” on 28 Feb 1938. So stated in the permit on her Austrian passport page, which was attached by the German authority’s when they kept her Austrian passport but issued her a new German passport on 7th of February 1939 due to the new law (because of the Anschluss = Annexation of Austria into the Third Reich 12 March 1938). This combination is exciting and makes this travel document also quite rare!

With her new German passport, she got a letter from the German Embassy in London saying that her passport is only valid for 4 months and will definitely not be renewed. Her travel document was valid until the 5th of June 1939. But the Embassy letter demands more… Interesting German Passport London

“Germany lacks on housemaids and is expecting that all maids working abroad will return to Germany to support your home country,” says the machine-typed letter. And further…“Even this order is, for now, inconvenient for you we expect you to cancel your contract properly and return to your country within this 4 months”. 

Maria left London in time as there is a Belgian visa issued on the 25th of May 1939 and a payment stamp from an Austrian bank on the 5th of June 1939. In preparation for Hitler’s world war, the German Embassy advises on 24th August all German residents to leave Britain. A week later, WWII began when the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opens bombardment on the Westerplatte, a Polish military base outside Danzig, firing what are, according to many sources, the first shots of the war. At the same time, regular Wehrmacht troops begin crossing the border into Poland. Interesting German Passport London

By the way, Joachim von Ribbentrop was for 2 years (1936-1938) German Ambassador in London and became then Hitler’s Foreign Minister from 1938-1945.

Interesting German Passport London

The Germans put her Austrian visa page into her German passport!
Letter from the German Embassy in London forcing Maria to return home to THE REICH to fulfill duties at home rather than abroad.

Interesting German Passport London

 

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