German POWs in the US during WW II

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  • German POWs in the US during WW II Beitrag #1
Hi everyone,

I'm currently updating the family tree and came across one of those "untold stories" no one has ever mentioned to me before. I'm writing this in order to find some help and maybe also answers to one big mystery that haunts my family:

Like so many other men my grandfathers brother fought as a Wehrmacht soldier - he was a Lieutenant with a Mountain Infantry unit from Klagenfurt - in the Second World War. In November 1944 he visited his family to see his newborn baby-boy and visit his wife's grave - she died giving birth. Before Christmas he had to leave to join the Supreme Command South (Oberkommando Süd der Wehrmacht), never to be seen again. All I know is that at that time the fighting took place in Italy and Istria/Yugoslavia, and that his trace vanishes in this region.

Maybe six months later a German soldier met a German officer that used my grand-uncles name on a POW transport from the United States heading to Belgium. This guy was from my family's village and once he made it back told my grandfather that he had met my grand-uncle and that the officers were separated once the ship arrived in Belgium. However, my grand-uncle never came back and is still considered MIA today.

Now here's my question: Is there a register of all German POWs in the United States I could use to verify the POW part of this story? Since it's possible that my grand-uncle was captured by American troops in Italy, I'd like to check when and where he made it to the US and was shipped back to Europe.

Thanks in advance for youe help!

Best regards,
Joachim
 
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Gast17468
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  • German POWs in the US during WW II Beitrag #2
I would be interested in it as well.
My dad was here for 3 years, in different POW camps, mostly in Ft.Leonard Wood, MO.
He's been dead for nearly 20 years, so I'd be interested to follow his tracks. He always loved it here, and it's good to know that at least his last resting place is here now.
 
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Gast35622
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  • German POWs in the US during WW II Beitrag #4
My brother's been researching our grandfather's POW years and he's contacted the Red Cross. Now I'm trying hard to remember but if I'm not mistaken the Red Cross has an archive with documents or registers of POWs from WW2.
No, I can't remember the details but will try to keep it in mind and ask him next time I'll talk to him. He's totally into researching family history and became quite knowledgeable about finding sources. Maybe he can give a clue that will help you, you never know.

Your story sounds very exciting, btw.!

Quickly googled, this is what my brother was talking about:
http://www.dokst.de/node/1121

They are mainly talking about POWs of in the SU territory, but maybe they can tell you where to look.
Good luck!
 
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