This is a truly rare and one of a kind item, an official Waffen-SS searching warrant (consistign of two pages) for a Dutch SS Volunteer from Schoterland, who deserted from SS-Ausbildungslager Sennheim.
On top of the letter (which is 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 de Jong, Hendrik. Geboren 27-12-1918
This learns us that 26 year old Dutch SS volunteer Hendrik de Jong (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 “Truppenteil” (unit where he stayed in service) was SS-A-Lager Sennheim (SS-Ausbildungslager Sennheim), with “standort” (where he stayed) was Kreis Tann in the Ober-Elsass, whichwas where he must have disappeared.
Hendrik de Jong was according to the letter a part of the 1e Compagnie.
The letter lists a number of personal/individual characteristics and is personally signed by der Gerichts-SS-Führer and SS-Untersturmführer.
On the second added page 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 de Jong 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.