This is a truly rare and one of a kind item, an official Waffen-SS double sided 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 Moerbeek, Wilhelmus. Geboren 21-12-1927 (he was only 15 years old!).
This learns us that 15 year old Dutch SS volunteer Wilhelmus Moerbeek (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 Oberelsass where he was part of the Wachkompanie.
The letter lists a number of personal/individual characteristics and is personally signed by der Gerichts-SS-Führer and SS-Obersturmführer Neuyer.
At the backside 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 Moerbeek survive the war? Why did he desert? He 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.