German soldier's cigarette case

WWII era German related items being sought, sold or traded.
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German soldier's cigarette case

Post by overopensights » Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:47 pm

I have a nickel plated German soldiers Cigarette case. I don't want to sell it, however I would be happy to return it to his family. To do this I will need some help which may be available here.

The case is wartime or just prewar, with an embossed Nazi emblem of Swastika and eagle on its front.

Etched on the inside is the soldiers name: Eitel Shultze, 'Bulach' Diemling. Underneath his address details are etched the words 'Donaves Shingen'

I have Googled Deimling it is in Baden Wurtenburg. It is a very small village. The name 'Bulach' may be a farm or perhaps a house.

Any help or advise would be most welcome.

PS; The Gigarette case has been in Somerset England since 1945.

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Re: German soldier's cigarette case

Post by sebastian » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:07 am

probably a wartofee stolen from a pow or body i presume,so be carefull if you even find the relatives

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Re: German soldier's cigarette case

Post by overopensights » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:45 am

Thank you Sabastian. It is second hand to me and I heed your words. I was two years of age at the time and can bare no guilt relating to its finding. If it was my father's then I would want it back. Follow the thread and we shall see?

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Re: German soldier's cigarette case

Post by sebastian » Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:05 am

i did not mean anything bad or harmfull in my post,but i hope you will succeed in your "quest",just saying ...

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Re: German soldier's cigarette case

Post by Hans » Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:05 pm

Just wondering if "Donaves Shingen" should read "Donaueschingen"?

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Re: German soldier's cigarette case

Post by fridgeman » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:04 am

Hello, i have to say i like the idea to try to give it back.

What really could help is a picture of the item, to have a look on the writings.

For example im pretty sure the name is misread, "Shultze" must be Schultze. Also,
the first name "Eitel" is very, very unique. Either this is a misreading too, or a very
good lead towards its former owner.

Finally i agree with Hans, Donaueschingen sound right, its a a town in southern germany.

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Re: German soldier's cigarette case

Post by overopensights » Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:07 pm

Thank you all for your kind and helpful comments with this. I will get some images done and posted it here.

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Re: German soldier's cigarette case

Post by overopensights » Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:44 am

I have at last managed to upload an image of thr cig case.
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Re: German soldier's cigarette case

Post by fridgeman » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:39 pm

I would say the picture throws up more questions as it answers ;)

The edging was to 100&% done by a non german, the "Shultze" is an americanized spelling of
the common german name Schultze. Same goes for the town Donaueschingen with the missing "c".

If you ask me for my opinion and not for facts, i would say this item is a souvenir of
an US soldier with german ancestors. All 3 towns or villages, Donaueschingen, Bulach
and Diemling, lie within the former US zone of occupation after 1945.

Maybe he was stationed at these places, visited them to find relatives of his german
side of the family, or had a vacation there when he purchased that item on a
black market. Hard to say after such a long time.

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Re: German soldier's cigarette case

Post by overopensights » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:47 am

Thank you for the useful info. I will just leave the item on here to see what comes up. Your explanation probably also explains the perhaps, 'non German' Christian name of the person?

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