This is a truly rare and one of a kind item, an official Waffen-SS searching warrant for a Dutch SS Volunteer who deserted from SS-Ausbildungslager Sennheim.
On top of the letter (in A4 size) is written: Dienststelle FP.Kr. 48 524, – according to the Kannapin researchtool – Feldpostnumber 48524 belonged to:
2.1.1940-11.3.1943) SS-Ausbildungs-Lager Sennheim,
(8.9.1943-22.4.1944) 8.3.1944 Regimentsstab SS-Ausbildungslager
The subject of the letter is: Fahnenflucht des SS-Freiwilliger van der Grift, Leopold. Geboren 07-04-1926
This learns us that just 18 year old Dutch SS volunteer Leopold van der Grift (a very typical dutch name) was wanted, for unauthorised leaving his units, from which he had not returned. It is expected that he has deserted (Fahnenflucht).
His “Standort” (place where he stayed in service) was SS-A-Lager Sennheim in the Elsass (SS-Ausbildungslager Sennheim). This corresponds again to Feldpostnumber 08 392:
(1.8.1943-23.3.1944) 8.3.1944 Stab I u. 1.-4. Kompanie
Leopold van der Grift was according to the letter a part of the third Compagnie, as can be checked by the above Feldpostnumber.
The letter lists a number of personal/individual characteristics and is personally signed by der Gerichts-SS-Führer and SS-Obersturmführer Neuyer.
At the lower end of the letter is a list off SS police and Hauptamts, were the letter was to be distributed to.
An extremely rare and one of a kind item that deserves to be researched better. If SS-deserters were caught they were executed as punishment for deserting. Did van der Grift survive the war? Why did he desert? He was only 18 years old and no doubt regretted his sign-up with the SS.
This is a letter of historical importance that shows the seriousness of war from “the other side”, not all SS men were loyal to till death and this letter tells that story.