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 Asten, Wilhelm. Geboren 14-02-1907
This learns us that 37 year old Dutch SS volunteer Wilhelm van Asten (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 O/Els (SS-Ausbildungslager Sennheim ini teh Ober-Elsass). His Truppenteil was Fp.Nr. 05434, 7.Kp. This Feldpostnumber 05434 corresponds to:
(1.8.1943-23.3.1944) 8.3.1944 Stab II u. 5.-8. Kompanie
Wilhelm van Asten was according to the letter a part of the seventh Compagny of this unit.
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 Asten 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.