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Old 3rd August 2008, 15:35
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Luftwaffe ausweis documents held in canada

I have a note that in 1963 a researcher called Geoff Rowe inspected a number of 1940/41 period Ausweis documents held in Canada by: "Directorate of Air Force History, Ottawa, Canada".

My enquiries in Canada have thus far drawn a blank as to where they are now. Can anyone offer a clue?
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Old 3rd August 2008, 16:42
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Re: Luftwaffe ausweis documents held in canada

Andy: Dave Wadman tried to find out about this on my behalf and drew a blank-no help despite hastening
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Old 3rd August 2008, 17:19
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Thanks, Chris. They are out there somewhere!
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Re: Luftwaffe ausweis documents held in canada

Well.... recall Raiders of the Lost Ark. Does Canada have a similar place?
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Old 4th August 2008, 02:37
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Re: Luftwaffe ausweis documents held in canada

Canada began sending German documents back to Germany in the 1970s so perhaps that is where they are now.
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Old 4th August 2008, 08:33
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Re: Luftwaffe ausweis documents held in canada

An interesting possibility, George! So, are there any clues as to where exactly in Germany they may, perhaps, be filed away? Presumably at the Bundesarchiv?
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Old 4th August 2008, 19:28
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Re: Luftwaffe ausweis documents held in canada

Hi,

I go with George on this one! I actually saw correspondence relating to a variety of Canadian held documents that had been returned to Germany between 1976 and 1992 when I was doing some work for the UK government in 1999.

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Re: Luftwaffe ausweis documents held in canada

But weren't they microfilmed earlier?

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Old 4th August 2008, 20:31
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Re: Luftwaffe ausweis documents held in canada

If its of any interest I will attempt to copy the document listing the i/d cards held in Canada during the 1960's....although I suppose that may be a little futile if we don't know where they are! Even so, if they are in Germany, I wonder whether the German authorities will ever allow them to be viewed under Federal German Law? Beats me why captured material was ever returned - or, at least, why it was not copied first. Hopefully that comment, which does not have any anti-Germanic or political undertones, (far from it!) will not start World War 3! I'm just miffed that, if returned to Germany, nobody now knows where the hell they are - or even if they may have been destroyed, perhaps? Rant over......!
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