This is a small historical interesting set from SS-Untersturmführer Joachim Kaldewohl.
Kaldewhl was in april 1943 situated in concentrationcamp Majdanek. Here he was awared on 20 april 1943 (Hitlers birthday!) the Kriegsverdienstkreuz ohne Schwerter (War Merit Cross without Swords). The KVK is still on it’s long ribbon.
A little background to place the group in perspective:
Concentration camp Majdanek was located close to Majdan Tatarski, an old suburb of Lublin where a Jewish ghetto was established. The name Majdanek is derived from the name of this suburb. It was originally a nickname that the local population gave to the prisonercamp after the establishment of the camp. In official documents the name Majdanek, was of course never mentioned, but among the prisoners and the SS men it was the usual name for the camp. The original official name of the Majdanek camp was “Kriegsgefangenenlager der Waffen-SS Lublin (KGL)”. It is remarkable that the name Konzentrationslager was not used. Only in april 1943, when the majority of the prisoner population were no longer Russian prisoners of war, the “Kriegsgefangenenlager der Waffen-SS Lublin (KGL)” was officially named into “Konzentrationslager der Waffen SS Lublin (KL Lublin)”. It is from exactly this period that the set for sale here originates. Kaldewohl must have been awarded the War Merit Cross without swords for his wartime “Kriegswichtige arbeit” at the time (SIC!).
As an historical grouping this is quite a rare set, that deserves a bit more research. According to the Kriegsgräberfursorge organisation Kaldewohl survived the war. The War Merit Cross WITHOUT swords also indicates he had a non combattant background, at least in april 1943.
While the historical value is (in my opinion) more important than the collectorsperspective to collect all kinds of KVK variations, it must be said that i’ve never encountered another card like this for a War Merit Cross.
A very rare set!