Nazi Passport, Cologne / Germany, August 7, 1946
Nazi Germany was defeated by the allied forces and WWII was already over for more than one year but the passport office in Cologne / Germany issued still this passport with Swastika for Elise Wolber, a house wife from Cologne and 64 years old. The passport was valid for just one year and don’t have any visa. The Swastika on the cover was however not over labeled while the Swastika on page one is hidden as the cities revenue stamps were placed exactly over the Swastika.
Most interesting is the scope of the passport:
Valid for Reichsgebiet (Reich) – British Zone – other domestic and foreign territories only with special permission of the Allied Military Government (!)
What a curious and unique document, don’t you think? See the pictures below…
Denazification in Germany was attempted through a series of directives issued by the Allied Control Council, seated in Berlin, beginning in January 1946. “Denazification directives” identified specific people and groups and outlined judicial procedures and guidelines for handling them. Though all the occupying forces had agreed on the initiative, the methods used for denazification and the intensity with which they were applied differed between the occupation zones.
Denazification also refers to the removal of the physical symbols of the Nazi regime e.g. the Swastika.