Obersalzberg: POW Waffen-SS Man Documents

Here comes a most interesting document set of a former Waffen-SS member. His son Ruediger (born 1945) was later employed by the Rhine Army and discharged with honors. Obersalzberg Waffen-SS Man Documents


The documents are issued to Leo Maslow, born Feb 9, 1920 in Flatow, West Prussia. Maslow entered the Waffen-SS on Jan 9, 1940. Promotions: Jan 1941 SS-Sturmmann, Aug 1941 SS-Rottenfuehrer, and May 1944 SS-Unterschaarfuehrer

From Jan 1945, he served at the Waffen-SS Command at AH’s Obersalzberg, became an American POW on Jul 15, 1945 and spent 10 months in a POW camp. Released on May 24, 1946. Leo died in 1964. I assume his wife and son passed away as well.

The Documents (Excerpt) Obersalzberg Waffen-SS Man Documents

  • Birth Certificate, 1944
  • Income Tax Card, 1944/46
  • US Military POW Discharge Document, 1946
  • German ID, 1946
  • Refugee ID, 1946
  • Workers Pass 1949
  • Income Tax Card, 1949
  • 3 x German ID’s for Leo, his wife, and son Ruediger, 1960s (Leo’s ID mentions a Grenade splinter injury at the hip)
  • Certificate Military Service – Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt), 1968
  • BAOR Pass of the son, serving in the Rhine Army as a vehicle mechanic, 1971-1972
  • Photographs of the son being awarded by the Rhine Army in 1977
  • Federal German Passport 1980s of the son with some East German stamps
  • Several other documents and photographs…

Usually, I do not collect such things, but I found it quite interesting that the documents cover his whole life. From birth certificate to death certificate, including all the NS military documents.

Here are some pictures… Obersalzberg Waffen-SS Man Documents

Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) Obersalzberg Waffen-SS Man Documents

It was a government agency located in Berlin, Germany. Its primary responsibility was to maintain extensive records related to military personnel, including those who perished in action during World War II (approximately 18 million individuals). Additionally, it preserved official military documentation for all armed forces members dating back to 1871, covering naval military records and other documents connected to wartime activities.

Initially known as the Wehrmachtsauskunftstelle für Kriegerverluste und Kriegsgefangene (WASt), this agency also offered information regarding the fates of both German and foreign soldiers, as well as prisoners of war in Germany. These records had diverse applications, including supporting civil legal proceedings, contributing to the creation of an official registry of war graves, aiding historical research, and serving as valuable resources for biographical and genealogical investigations.

Starting from January 1, 2019, the agency was consolidated with the German Federal Archives (known as the Bundesarchiv in German). This agency serves as a significant and essential resource for conducting genealogical and scientific research across various domains.

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