As a DKiG holder and Waffen-SS Reserve office, information from Berndt's SS-Personalakte may be found on John P. Moore's CD-Rom. Here are the bare-bones details of his career (haven't had a chance to update it yet using John's material). Btw, an excellent photo of Berndt as SS-Ostubaf. (Allg.-SS) appears in David Irving's Rommel bio "Trail of the Fox".
Not uncommon to see higher-ranking Allgemeine-SS officers serve as Waffen-SS (or Wehrmacht) reserve officers at a reduced rank. Reason being, high Allg.SS rank was generally political in nature, not indicating any particular military leadership ability. Hence such high-rankers as Heinz Reinefarth serving as a Feldwebel d.R. in the Western Campaign, or Berndt's Propaganda Ministry colleague Karl Hanke serving as Oberleutnant d.R. in 7.Pz.Div. while holding Allg.SS rank of Brigadefuhrer.
Incidentally, posting a query on Berndt to the Axis Biographical Research message forum will probably result in a reply from Andreas Schultz (aka- AnDie), and his bios of NS figures are the most detailed I've ever seen.
~ Mike Miller / ABR
SS-Hauptsturmführer der Reserve /
Born: 22. April 1905 in Bromberg/Schlesien.
Killed in Action: 21. March 1945 in Körment, Hungary.
NSDAP-Nr.: 1 101 961
(first joined 1924; left, then rejoined, 1932)
SS-Nr.: 242 890
Leutnant d.R. (Heer): (30.01.42)
Kommandeur of II.Abteilung / Panzer-Regiment 5 / 5.SS-Panzer-Division "Wiking": - 21.03.45.
Assigned to SS-Panzer-Ausbildungs- und Ersatz-Regiment: September 1944 -.
SD-HA/RSHA: (1.12.37) - (9. November 1944)
Chief aide (Leutnant d.R.) to Generalfeldmarschall
Erwin Rommel in North Africa: 1941 - 1943
Hauptschriftleiter des Deutschen Nachrichtenbüros:
Amtsleiter "Rundfunk" in der Reichsleitung der NSDAP:
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates der
Reichs-Rundfunkgesellschaft GmbH in Berlin:
Vorsitzender der Deutschen
Rundfunk-Arbeitsgemeinschaft e.V. Berlin:
Ministerialdirektor and Leiter of the
Abteilung Rundfunk (Radio Division) of the Reichsministerium für
Volksaufklärung und Propaganda:.
Ministerialrat and stellvertreter Pressechef (deputy press chief) of the Reich Government:
Co-founder of the Bund "Deutscher Osten" (League of Eastern Germans):
"Panzerjäger brechen durch" (1940);
"Der Marsch ins Großdeutsche Reich" (1939);
"Meilenstein des Dritten Reiches" (1938);
"Gebt mir 4 Jahre Zeit" (1937);
Decorations & Awards:
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold:
1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
Kriegsverdienstkreuz I. Klasse ohne Schwerter
Kriegsverdienstkruez II. Klasse ohne Schwerter
Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Silber
Ehrendegen des RF SS
Totenkopfring der SS
* Described in David Irving's biography of Erwin Rommel, The Trail of the Fox, as follows: "Burly, wavy-haired and dark-skinned, Berndt had the lumbering gait of a bear and a physiological oddity- six toes on one foot. He was literate and personable, poked his nose in everywhere, and was put in charge of keeping the Rommel diary. Before joining Rommel's staff as a kind of Party "commissar," he was already a tough, ambitious Nazi zealot. Berndt had a brash frankness that Rommel readily accepted, fearing otherwise to slight his feelings. In April , for instance, Berndt had advised him with a cheeky grin: "Mein Lieber, I would not advance too far if I were you!" In return, Berndt skillfully nourished the Rommel legend. And when anything unpleasant needed saying to Adolf Hitler, then Rommel sent Alfred Berndt, because he was a brave man. Berndt died proving it in Hungary in 1945."
"I am a historian before I am a Christian; my object is simply to find out how the things actually occurred."
~Leopold von Ranke, 19th Century German Historian