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  •  Relatives in WWII Bessarabia? (11+ / 0-)

    I don't know anything about this region, but another part of the Archives II 4th floor pertains to records kept whenever the Germans took over another part of Eastern Europe.  As you know, the SS men were intended to be one part of the new "Master race," at least the young single ones.  The other part was the marriage partners they would have, who were also vetted according to the same Aryan b.s.  And single girls from Germanic families in the East were seen as appropriate wives, so long as their lineages held up to the same scrutiny as lineages of the SS men.

    What would happen, I'm told, is that when the military entered a new town, representatives of a so-called resettlement office were not far behind.  They'd set up a table in the center of town, and the call would go out for all Germanic people to present themselves for registration.  Naturally, families came together, not quite knowing what to expect.  With the families came their close relatives.  A line usually formed, and interviews took place in accordance with placement in this line.

    As we know, the Germans have always been record keepers.  This was no different.  All the information was duly recorded, and it had to do with their Germanic background(s).  The films preserve the order of the interviews, so related folks are likely to appear just in front of or just after a family of your relatives (if you find them).

    It's a bonanza of information, so I'm told.  But I haven't any experience with this since none of my family have any known Eastern European connection outside of the German provinces.  So just take this as a "tip" and not as anything authoritative.

    "There is no way to give to honest toil its just reward--its full share of all wealth produced--but by the full application of the single tax. And righteousness and justice require it to be done." --A. Moll, 1897

    by Zwenkau on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 10:56:32 PM PDT

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    •  Unfortunately, my grandmother came to Canada (1+ / 0-)
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      around the turn of the century (my mother was born in Canada in 1912). Canadian records don't even have Alberta as a separate province - it is included in "western areas" rather than a separate record.

      I know more about my mother's father (Gustav Wunch) than I do about her mother (Bertha Christman). I know Von Wunsch (German nobility) became Wunch (probably when they came to Canada), but not much beyond a couple of generations back.

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      by woolibaar on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 06:54:03 AM PDT

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