Disappeared: Dutch NSKK-Mann in Italy

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Disappeared: Dutch NSKK-Mann in Italy

Post by Alex Dekker » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:03 am

Hello all,

I'm trying to trace a Dutch NSKK-volunteer in Italy. His last sign of life is from 22th July 1944. He was in a Lazarett in Riva di Trento. He wrote to his parents he would soon return home and would quit his services for the NSKK (Speer). He never came home. Instead, the NSKK Speer Groningen (Netherlands) wrote to his parents a somewhat other story:
'Bedauere ihnen mitteilen zu mussen,dass ihr Man seit dem 25.8.1944 von seiner Einheit fluchtig ist.' The WASt stated the same. The man never returned home. His son thinks his father was killed during fightings.

So according to this, the man was in a Lazarett and disappeared within two months. His parents were allowed to get extra food rations and keep their radio. These were, in fact, privilages which were given to parents who's son was working or fighting for the Germans. I do know the NSKK Speer saw different battles against partizans in Italy. A few columns were activily against them, with or without SD personel.

My questions are the next: Is there a possibility to write to an Italian organisation to get some extra information about this man? Like organisations of former partizans or veterans. Does anyone have any information about partizanactivity around Riva di Trento between July and August 1944? Is there any chance to find this NSKK-man?

Thanks in advance,

Alex
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Re: Disappeared: Dutch NSKK-Mann in Italy

Post by Simon H » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:22 am

Hi Alex,
It's a very intriguing story. The note from Groningen/WaSt implies that he has deserted his unit. If that were so then his outlook would be dire, if caught by Gendarmerie or by Partisans whilst still in uniform. Have you tried the International Red Cross for assistance?

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Post by Alex Dekker » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:44 am

His son, on his behalf I'm searching (again), did contact Bad Arolsen and the WASt too. That's the reason I want to check for Italian adresses. The story continues!
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Re: Disappeared: Dutch NSKK-Mann in Italy

Post by panzermahn » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:27 pm

One of the less-known aspects of foreign volunteers were those who were in German paramilitary organizations that were involved in combats during WW2. There are scant references to them here and there but in English, it's mostly from David Littlejohn's The Patriotic Traitors and the Foreign Legions of the Third Reich series during the late 70s and 80s.

I know that some German paramilitary organizations such as NSKK, NSFK, TeNo, OT, RAD, Wasserschutz, Postschutz, Zollgrenschutz and even the Landwehr units had their own Jagdkommando (hunter detachments for anti-partisan and security operations) units that were located at the rear of the front, but were involved in combat if there are any partisan threat or ambush

If you're looking for Dutch NSKK volunteers, I think the best bet would be Jan Vincx multivolume series on Dutch volunteers in German Armed Forces and paramilitary organization.

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Post by Alex Dekker » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:48 am

Thanks Panzermahn. :up:

I might add I got the books of Vincx. It contains some info about Dutch men serving in the NSKK, but in the end it isn't much. My own book about Dutchmen in the NSKK did it better :wink: . My problem is that I didn't find much about Dutch volunteers who served in Italy or the Südfront. All I got is I know they did. I've seen and read files about Dutch on the Eastern and Western Front, but for Italy...
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Re: Disappeared: Dutch NSKK-Mann in Italy

Post by Roger Bartlett » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:41 am

The inquiry about the number and type of German units in that part of Italy (the former "Alpenvorland") is a relatively recent development of historical research, and is especially related to the will to know more about the presence of Italians in German service, not just in Organisation Todt, but in combat units also: the die-hard fascists, those willing to carry on the fight against the Allies, and also those who were forcibly drafted.

You might want to contact the authors of this site: http://www.museostorico.tn.it/index.php/Chi-siamo. It is the Trentino Historical Museum. They could provide some useful information or readdress you to other local bodies. English is generally spoken in Italy, so the language barrier is not a problem.

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Post by Alex Dekker » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:09 am

Thanks a lot Roger! I have e-mailed to and from the son of the missing NSKK-man, he considered his father as gone, nowhere to be found. But! I will contact this museum. Let us see what we might find!
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Re: Disappeared: Dutch NSKK-Mann in Italy

Post by Roger Bartlett » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:24 am

You're welcome. Please keep me posted.
He might even be buried in a local cemetery. This is the case of Italian soldiers who were killed in skirmishes with the Germans who were trying to disarm them and were still "missing" for their families.

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Re: Disappeared: Dutch NSKK-Mann in Italy

Post by Alex Dekker » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:36 am

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